Man picked up on 7 warrants

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SALYERSVILLE - A Magoffin County man was picked up on seven bench warrants last week. 

Willis Scott Prater, 27, of Half Mountain Road, Salyersville, was arrested on Wednesday, June 25 on various bench warrants, three of which stemmed from other June charges. 

In an arrest warrant issued on June 4, Prater was charged with one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000. According to the warrant, an officer was contacted by Michael R. Conley of Conley Oil regarding a stolen pumping unit. Conley stated to law enforcement he had seen what looked like the stolen pumping unit at a residence on Horse Pen.

Law enforcement then contacted the individual that had the stolen property and he gave a statement that he bought the stolen pumping unit from Prater. The value of the pumping unit is approximately $2,500.

Then, on June 10, another warrant was issued for Prater, this time for one count of first degree criminal mischief and one count of third degree criminal trespassing. According to the arrest warrant, the pump jack, involved in the first warrant, was located winched down the hill with a Come Along Winch. Sharon Burchett, the property owner where the winch was found called police, stating that in the process of the getting the jack down the hill, the cemetery fence located on her property was extensively damaged. She told police that neighbors saw Prater almost wrecking a truck in the process of leaving. She stated he did not have permission to be on her property. The damage to the property was valued at $1,000, according to the warrant.

The very next day, on June 11, another warrant was issued for Prater, this time for allegedly fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle). 

According to the warrant, Kentucky State Police Officer Jarred Hensley attempted to make a traffic stop on Prater in order to serve him with six warrants. Hensley observed Prater come off of U.S. 460 and turn onto Kentucky 114 toward Salyersville, according to the warrant. Prater then accelerated to a high rate of speed and turned into Cain's Trailer Court. The officer stated that the dust from Prater's speed caused him to pass Prater, who had turned into a driveway. By the time Hensley backed up and pulled in behind him, Prater got out of the vehicle, leaving the door open, and ran away.

According to jail records, Prater was picked up by the Magoffin County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 25 on seven warrants. He is currently being housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, pending future court dates.