High speed chase ends in crash

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A man is facing multiple charges after he led police on a high speed chase through two counties.

Tuesday afternoon Prestonsburg police say they received complaints of a reckless driver, and when officers pulled over the car they say the driver, Christopher Salyers, gave them false identification.

When the officer questioned Salyers about the ID, police say he grabbed him by the arm and sped away.

"He went a couple feet with him but jerked free of the car, but it was enough to get him away from his car long enough that he actually never could get caught back up in the pursuit," said Bryan Hall, Prestonsburg Assistant Police Chief.

But other officers were close behind, and followed Salyers onto US-23 southbound.

"The subject was weaving through traffic, appeared to be trying to hit other vehicles," said Mike Ormerod, Prestonsburg Police Chief.

They say speeds reached 125 miles per hour, and police tried to stop him at the Floyd/Pike County line by using spike strips which he avoided by crossing into the northbound lanes of traffic.

"Just north of Pikeville High School the subject struck another vehicle," said Ormerod.

He then drove another quarter of a mile, when he lost control of his car and crashed.

Salyers and the people in the car he hit were taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Salyers' condition is still unknown. Police say the people in the other car suffered minor injuries. Their names are not being released.

Prestonsburg police say they do plan to arrest Salyers on several felony charges, but they are not saying what those charges are at this time.


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