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Police chase ends in arrest

FALCON – A Magoffin County man is behind bars after allegedly running from police Friday night.

Billy Shepherd/Photo from BSRDC

FALCON – A Magoffin County man is behind bars after allegedly running from police Friday night.

According to the arrest citation, on Friday, November 13 at approximately 10:43 p.m. Magoffin County Sheriff Deputy D. Marshall reportedly observed a red Chevrolet Cavalier on KY 1081 in the Coon Creek area of Magoffin County, with the vehicle having only one headlight and the rear license was not illuminated.

Marshall radioed Deputy D. Howard to make a traffic stop and Howard, along with Deputy H. Osborne, got behind the vehicle and initiated emergency equipment in an attempt to pull over the car.
The driver of the Cavalier refused to stop, fleeing for approximately 15 minutes, according to the police report. Officers witnessed the driver throw a baggy out of the window in front of the Coon Creek church.

The vehicle stopped in the Tick Lick area of KY 1437, and Marshall exited his vehicle in an attempt to make contact with the driver, but the vehicle then went into reverse, hitting Marshall’s vehicle. Marshall reported that his door was open at the time and struck him in the right knee, causing swelling and bruising. The impact also reportedly damaged the push bar on the front of Marshall’s vehicle.

The Cavalier continued to flee, stopping on a dirt road at the Magoffin/Johnson County line off of KY 40, when the driver allegedly threw a camouflage bag on the ground and then fled on foot.

Marshall exited his vehicle, again, and started to give the driver loud verbal commands to stop, chasing him. The man, identified as Billy Shepherd, 46, of Salyersville, turned around and took an aggressive stance with his fist clinched when law enforcement caught up to him, according to the citation.

Officers placed Shepherd on the ground and took him into custody, using the “proper amount of force necessary to effect the arrest,” according to police reports.

After he was in custody, law enforcement found the camouflage bag, with a clear plastic baggy containing a clear, crystal rock-like substance that appeared to be methamphetamine inside.

They also found 10 buprenorphine/naloxone, 22 gabapentin 800 mg, two gabapentin 800 mg, five gabapentin 600 mg, two hydrocodone 7.5 mg, 16.5 hydrocodone 10 mg, 1 sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim, half a Xanax, four syringes, 20 small clear plastic baggies, four marijuana buds, one clear plastic baggie with marijuana inside it, one set of digital scales, two small spoons with residue on them, one pack of rolling papers, and 38 dollars in cash.

Marshall also retrieved the bag thrown out at the Coon Creek church, reportedly containing a clear crystal rock-like substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. The Cavalier had canceled registration plates for failure to maintain insurance and Shepherd told police he had bought the vehicle, but had failed to transfer it into his name.

Shepherd was taken into custody early Saturday morning and transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time. He is currently facing the following charges: one headlight; rear license not illuminated; no registration plates; no registration receipt; failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance (first offense); failure to register transfer of motor vehicle; fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle); assault, third degree, police officer or probation officer; fleeing or evading police, second degree (on foot); menacing; resisting arrest; tampering with physical evidence; criminal littering; possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (drug unspecified); possession of a controlled substance, third degree (drug unspecified); illegal possession of a legend drug; possession of marijuana; and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (less than 10 drug units, opiates).

Shepherd is scheduled for a preliminary hearing for the three subsequent felony cases on November 23 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

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.

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