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PRESTONSBURG — A man accused of dragging a Prestonsburg police officer as he attempted to flee from a roadside checkpoint was among 24 people indicted last month by a Floyd County grand jury.


Christopher Allen Salyers, 41, of Pikeville, was indicted on five felony counts and five misdemeanor charges July 18.


Salyers was reportedly stopped at a checkpoint July 3 and gave officers a false name. When questioned further, Salyers allegedly grabbed officer Brian Prater’s arm and began to drive away.


What followed, police say, was a high-speed pursuit reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, that led police into Pike County. In Pike County, the suspect allegedly collided with another vehicle that, according to Hall, was occupied by “a family.”


The suspect continued, before finally crashing near Pikeville High School. Hall said both the suspect and the family were treated for their injuries at Pikeville Medical Center.


Salyers is now charged with first-degree attempted assault for the act of grabbing Prater’s arm and driving away, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for placing officers in danger during the chase, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, theft of identity for giving officers a driver’s license with the name “Nicholas Lee Ashby,” giving an officer a false name or address, reckless driving, driving on a DUI-suspended license and first-degree disorderly conduct.


The attempted assault charge is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The remaining charges are either Class D felonies or misdemeanors.


Others indicted by the grand jury include:

  • Amanda Stumbo, 31, of McDowell, second-degree forgery and theft by unlawful taking. (See story, page A1.)
  • James E. Mace, 22, of Pikeville, receiving stolen property, fleeing or evading police, two counts of wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal trespass and tampering with physical evidence. (See story, page A1.)
  • Jonathan Crider, 39, of Auxier, receiving stolen property, second-degree criminal trespass and tampering with physical evidence. (See story, page A1.)
  • Brian T. Shepherd, 28, of Prestonsburg, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police and no insurance.
  • Walter Lee Setser, 37, of Prestonsburg, theft by unlawful taking, third-degree criminal mischief, seond-degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication, resisting arrest and second-degree persistent felony offender.
  • James W. Lafferty, 34, of Prestonsburg, first-degree fleeing or evading police, selling or receiving vehicle with alterend VIN, possession of firearm by convicted felong, second-degree fleeing or evading police, no insurance, operating ATV on roadway, operating ATV on roadway without a helmet and second-degree persistent felony offender.
  • Jeffery Maggard, 41, of Hippo, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
  • Steven Rogers, 22, of Garrett, first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender.
  • Mike Lowe, 40, of Prestonsburg, first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and third-degree criminal mischief.
  • Matthew Zemo, 30, of Prestonsburg, first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and third-degree criminal mischief.
  • Dennis M. Fields Jr., 28, of Wayland, second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication.
  • Michelle Hall, 37, of McDowell, first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance not in original container and public intoxication.
  • Jason Hill, 28, of Weeksbury, second-degree burglary.
  • Irian Cox, 35, of McDowell, first-degree possession of controlled substance.
  • Okie D. Boyd, 24, of Banner, theft by unlawful taking.
  • Kristopher Stinnett, 26, of Hopkinsville, theft by deception.
  • Christopher Sexton, 23, of Lackey, third-degree burglary.
  • Laverne Mullins, 47, of McDowell, complicity to third-degree burglary.
  • Jessica Stumbo, 30, of Minnie, complicity to third-degree burglary.
  • Edward Osborne, 42, of Hi Hat, marijuana cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance not in original container and third-degree possession of controlled substance.
  • Chase Thornsberry, 18, of Wheelwright, unauthorized use of automobile.
  • Walter Moore Jr., 35, of Grethel, flagrant nonsupport and first-degree persistent felony offender.
  • John Shepherd, 36, of Hueysville, flagrant nonsupport.

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