SALYERSVILLE – Four were arrested after a two-county police chase ended in Magoffin County last Thursday evening.
On December 10 just after 6 p.m., Kentucky State Police Sergeant Jimmy Anderson observed a silver Chevrolet Impala speeding and driving recklessly on US 23 near the KY Rt. 80 intersection in the Allen community of Floyd County. Anderson activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver of the vehicle failed to yield and began to speed up, according to KSP Public Information Officer Trooper Michael Coleman.
A pursuit ensued and the driver maneuvered around stop sticks and troopers blocking the road, with the chase entering into Magoffin County, where a Magoffin County deputy attempted to set up a rolling roadblock, at which time the driver of the vehicle attempted to pass the deputy and struck the deputy’s cruiser, according to the arrest citations. The vehicle struck a guard rail and became inoperable, at which time police were able to make contact with the vehicle’s occupants.
Officers noted they immediately noticed the odor or marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, identified as Timothy Duane Shelby, 26 years old, of Lexington, was reported as having slurred speech and had no license. During a search, KSP found two handguns in the front cabin of the vehicle under the passenger seat, marijuana buds, a bottle of alcohol that had been opened and consumed and a set of digital scales with a white residue. Once at the detention center, law enforcement found Shelby had a large mount of small denomination money, totaling $1,167, and another passenger also had small bills totaling $1,420.
Shelby was taking to Highlands Regional ARH, where implied consent was read and he declined a chemical test and attorney. A criminal history revealed he and the passengers, listed below, were all convicted felons with past violent crimes (burglary, assault police officer, trafficking in drugs, possession of cocaine, PFO violation and fleeing and evading. All four denied knowing each other.
All four were taken to the Floyd County Detention Center, with the following charges:
Timothy Duane Shelby, 26, of Lexington, the driver, was charged with speeding 26 MPH or greater speed limit; reckless driving (enhancement); excessive windshield/window tinting; operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first (enhancement); conspiracy to traffic in controlled substance (first offense); wanton endangerment, first degree, police officer (enhancement); three counts of wanton endangerment; possession of a firearm by convicted felon; and operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license (enhancement).
Cambria Collins, 25, of Frankfort, was the front passenger and reportedly appeared to be intoxicated, according to the arrest citation. She was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); possession of a handgun by convicted felon, and possession of marijuana (complicity).
Tyree Williams, 23, was sitting behind Collins in the car and was charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon (complicity); possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle; public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); possession of marijuana (complicity); and conspiracy to traffic in controlled substance, first offense.
Dayshawn Taylor, 21, who was the occupant with small bills totaling $1,420, was charged with possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle; public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); possession of marijuana (complicity); and conspiracy to traffic in controlled substance, first offense.
All four occupants of the vehicle as well as the deputy involved in the crash that ended the police pursuit declined EMS services and appeared uninjured, though the deputy’s cruiser was damaged.
At press time, Shelby remains in custody at the Floyd County Detention Center, with the other three involved in the case out of custody, pending future court dates.
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.