The Prestonsburg Police Department arrested a Floyd County resident last week following an alleged high speed chase through three counties which ended in Perry County.

The department reports that Patrolman Bradley Calhoun observed a vehicle with invalid registration allegedly driving erratically on Ky. 80 when he was conducting a “High Intensity Patrol” of the area on Jan. 16. 

Calhoun attempted to arrest the driver, Jessica Gayheart, 44, of Slick Rock, but she sped off, nearly hitting Calhoun,” the department reported, and drove through Knott and Perry counties at speeds of up to 115 mph.

“I advised her she was under arrest. I told her to put her hands behind her back. She then jumped back inside of her vehicle taking off at a high rate of speed almost striking this officer with her vehicle,” Calhoun wrote in the citation.

Officials from the sheriff departments in Knott and Perry counties, and Kentucky State Police posts in Hazard and Pikeville assisted in the chase. 

Officers deployed stop sticks in Perry County to stop the vehicle, Prestonsburg Police reported.

Gayheart was charged with driving under the influence, first-degree fleeing/evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, reckless driving, speeding 26 mph or greater over the limit, failure to maintain insurance and no valid registration.  

“We’d like to give a huge shout out to our pals from the west, Troopers with KSP Pikeville and Hazard Posts, Knott and Perry County Sheriff’s offices and the dispatchers for all those agencies who kept us all informed,” Prestonsburg Police said in a statement. 

Calhoun was arraigned on the charges in Floyd County District Court on Jan. 17 and District Judge Eric Hall placed her bond at $2,000 cash. He overruled a motion to reduce her bond on Jan. 18 and the case was referred to the grand jury for consideration.

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