After fleeing police on public highways on his ATV, starting from Ky. Rt. 40 and ending in a crash on an ATV trail, a Salyersville man was arrested the following day for charges related to the pursuit, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
A JCSO deputy wrote in court documents he observed the man traveling west on Ky. Rt. 40 on May 21, at highway speeds and attempted a traffic stop, according to court documents. The citation said that the deputy activated his emergency equipment but the man, identified as Jerry Shepherd, 50, of Salyersville, did not comply with the stop, traveling at a high rate of speed and "passing several cars on double yellow and in blind curves."
The citation said that Shepherd traveled on Ky. 40 West, Ky. 580, Ky. 1409 and then left the roadway, traveling on an off-road trail, which led to the deputy exiting his cruiser and pursuing on foot and the discovery of the ATV after having been crashed. The deputy said he could not locate Shepherd after the crash, and notified nearby residents.
The next morning, the citation said, Shepherd was spotted by a neighbor to the property, who said they saw a man walking from the area with injuries. Shepherd was picked up by a deputy and transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where he was medically cleared before admitting to the offenses, apologizing and asking about his ATV.
The citation said that the trail was private property and Shepherd was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), first-degree wanton endangerment, driving on a suspended license and other traffic charges.
As of presstime Tuesday, Shepherd was no longer in custody at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.