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Man arrested after running from cops three times

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JOHNSON COUNTY – After running from police three different times, a Salyersville man is now behind bars. 

On Saturday, June 15, around 11 p.m., Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Bryan Tipton spotted a vehicle with one headlight and had a tip that the driver was Anthony Saylor, 31, of Salyersville, who was wanted on charges related to fleeing from law enforcement two other times.

Deputy Tipton and Sheriff Carson Montgomery both turned on their blue lights and attempted to stop Saylor at a stop sign on Rockhouse Road and US 460. 

After almost hitting both cars, Saylor traveled east on US 460 at a high rate of speed, crossing over into Johnson County and turning onto KY Rt. 580. While he tried to keep up the speed, the vehicle he was driving started smoking badly, and he eventually pulled into a lot and took off on foot. 

Sheriff Montgomery found Saylor in the yard next to the lot and he was placed under arrest. The vehicle he was driving came back with a canceled registration due to failure to maintain insurance and his driver’s license was suspended.

On May 28, Deputy Tipton had a similar run-in with Saylor, with a police chase down the Mountain Parkway. During that incident, Saylor wrecked the vehicle and then fled on foot, leaving behind the injured female passenger. At that time, he was already wanted on a similar incident that happened in April, in which he and the same female were traveling on Coon Creek when an officer tried to pull him over and he fled on foot.

Saylor is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing the following charges: reckless driving (a violation); one headlight (violation); first-degree fleeing or evading police, motor vehicle (Class D felony); first-degree wanton endangerment, police officer (Class D felony); operating on a suspended/revoked operators license (Class B misdemeanor); no/expired registration plates (violation); no/expired Kentucky registration receipt (violation; and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first (Class B felony). 

On June 17 a public defender was appointed in the case and Saylor pleaded not guilty to the charges. A preliminary hearing is slated for June 24, 2019, at 9 a.m.

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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Heather Oney