Magoffin man runs from police

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin man was arrested on a warrant last week, six days after he reportedly ran from police.

On Wednesday, June 27, Brady Helton, 28, of Helton Branch Road, Salyersville, was arrested on a warrant that stemmed from something that happened on June 21.

According to the warrant of arrest, issued on June 25, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams was at North Magoffin BP on an unrelated matter on June 21 when he reportedly saw Helton pull into the parking lot. Knowing he had an active warrant and did not have a valid operator’s license, Adams noted in his report that he attempted to catch up to Helton, but he accelerated and began running away at a high rate of speed on wet roads, passing cars on double yellow lines. He further alleges that Helton nearly hit oncoming traffic head-on and operated his vehicle with blatant disregard for the safety of all motorist and residents.

Helton reportedly turned up a logging road and took off on foot. While he didn’t catch Helton at that time, he did note in the report that he destroyed a pair of boots and uniform pants in the pursuit. 

Adams found a bottle with a label ripped off containing a large amount of legend drugs in the center console of Helton’s vehicle, according to the report. The vehicle did not have insurance coverage. 

Adams took a recorded statement from the passenger of the vehicle, who was not named in the report, who stated he had begged Helton to stop numerous times and that he was afraid Helton was going to wreck and kill him.

Helton is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond, and is facing the following charges: two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (Class D felonies); first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle) (Class D felony); second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) (Class A misdemeanor); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); trafficking in legend drug, first offense (Class A misdemeanor); third-degree criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor); operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license (Class B misdemeanor); and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance (Class B misdemeanor). 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.