Man indicted for fleeing police
by Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
A Coldiron man faces an 11-count indictment after he allegedly attempted to flee from police in June.
Wallace Saylor, 41, was arrested on an indictment warrant Tuesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley after an indictment was handed down by the grand jury Sept. 26.
According to the indictment, Saylor fled from police on June 23. The indictment alleges Saylor operated his car in a way that put KSP Troopers Brandon Burton and William Howard in substantial danger of physical injury.
According to Burton, he and Howard were sitting in their cruisers on KY 219 at Wallins when a red vehicle went by with one functioning headlight. Burton attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop.
Burton said the chase ended when the vehicle stopped on a steep incline and two individuals exited the vehicle.
“When they jumped out, the vehicle they were operating was apparently left in gear and it rolled backwards,” said Burton.
Burton said the vehicle struck his cruiser while he was trying to exit the vehicle.
“After the collision occurred, I was able to put Nicholas Saylor in custody. He was the passenger in the vehicle I was pursuing,” said Burton.
Burton said he recognized Wallace Saylor as the operator of the vehicle. Wallace Saylor fled the scene and troopers searched for him for several hours but did not locate him at that time, said Burton.
Burton said he obtained a warrant for Wallace Saylor the following day. Burton and Trooper Danny Caudill served the original arrest warrant on Wallace Saylor at his residence in Coldiron on June 24.
Saylor was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), reckless driving, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal mischief, having one headlight, rear license not illuminated, excessive windshield tinting and persistent felony offender.
Saylor was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.
The case remains under investigation by Burton.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, firstname.lastname@example.org
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