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Man arrested after police chase


SALYERSVILLE - A Magoffin County man was arrested over the weekend after leading police on a chase through Dixie and Parkway Drive.

On Saturday, June 26, Magoffin County Sheriff's Department Detective Neil Adams reportedly observed Manuel Blake Minix, 27, of H.C. 60, Salyersville, driving too fast at Ramey Memorial Park, then pulled out of the park without stopping at the stop sign and signaling his right turn, so the officer turned on his emergency lights and siren, though Minix refused to pull over, according to the arrest citation.

Detective Adams chased Minix through Dixie Avenue and back to the park, where Deputy Gosser used his Taser on him. Minix continued to flee in his vehicle, almost hitting Deputy Gosser, then leaving the park and traveling down Parkway Drive, where Minix ran out of gas, according to the arrest citation.

Reportedly refusing to follow law enforcement's commands, an altercation then took place between Minix, Detective Adams, Deputy Gosser and Salyersville Police Department's Officer Blake Isaac, according to police reports.

Police noted in the arrest citation that they could smell alcohol on his breath and that Minix had glassy eyes, slurred speech and was reportedly talking out of his head.

"He asked me to call God and tell Him he was sorry," Detective Adams stated in the arrest citation.

Minix was also reportedly in possession of what law enforcement suspected to be marijuana and an open beer can. 

During pursuit, he also stopped at the mouth of Dixie and let out an unnamed passenger before continuing to flee.

Minix is currently being housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing the following charges: operating vehicle under the influence alcohol/drugs (first offense), failure to or improper signal, disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), two counts of first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first degree wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of an opened alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

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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