A Salyersville woman was arrested on multiple drug charges and for allegedly attempting to murder a Johnson County deputy Wednesday evening after a multi-county pursuit, according to a statement from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. 

Jessica R. Minix, 29, of Salyersville, was arrested after a deputy attempted to conduct what he thought was a routine traffic stop due to excessive window tinting, according to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor. 

“We had a deputy attempt to make a traffic stop on a vehicle after he noticed the window tint was excessive. (He) conducted a traffic stop at U.S. 23, and as soon as he opened the door and got one foot on the blacktop to approach the vehicle, the vehicle takes off, up Middle Fork, across Coleman Branch, to Ky. 1750, turns right on 1750 going toward Floyd County. He makes it to the end of that road, turns right, which is going in the direction of Ky. 114. Before he makes it to 114, he turns right,” Saylor said. “Toward the end of that road, they bail, two males, one female in the vehicle, and they run. We’ve got one deputy on scene, another probably a mile behind him, probably a minute, a minute and a half. The female, Jessica Minix, makes her way back to the vehicle.”

Minix entered the car, described as a 2007 Mitsubishi Galant, and “attempted to run over Deputy Michael Scott, who had to jump out of the way in order to keep from being run over, which could have resulted in the officer’s death and/or serious injury,” according to Deputy Jason Arms, who wrote in the citation that Minix also nearly struck his patrol vehicle head-on, causing him to “run into a ditch in order to keep from being struck.”

Minix then drove onto Ky. 114 before stopping, the citation said, and continuing into the woods on foot. During this on-foot portion of the chase, one officer was placed into danger of falling off of an approximately 50-foot rock cliff, according to the citation. 

According to the citation, Minix did not have a valid license and a search incident to arrest of her person led to the discovery of several “small baggies” containing approximately .2 grams of methamphetamine, an oxycodone pill of an unspecified amount, a “round white” buprenorphine (suboxone) pill, several hypodermic syringes, a set of digital scales and numerous other “small baggies,” such as those used to store the rest of what Arms suspected were narcotics. 

Minix was charged with first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (opiates), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine), first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), attempted murder (police officer) and traffic charges. 

According to Saylor, the pursuit necessitated a multi-agency response wherein the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prestonsburg City Police, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, Salyersville City Police and Kentucky State Police. Saylor said the investigation was ongoing to track down the other two males involved in the alleged pursuit.

Minix was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remained as of presstime Friday.

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