PPD: Salyersville woman nearly ran over police chief

Heather Rowe, left, argues with Paintsville Police Chief Mike Roe and PPD Capt. Johnathan Holbrook prior to an incident July 16 in which she allegedly almost ran over Roe in her vehicle in an attempt to keep the vehicle from being towed.

A Salyersville woman was arrested July 16 following an incident at Walmart in Paintsville in which she allegedly nearly ran over Paintsville Police Department Chief Mike Roe in an attempt to escape to avoid having her vehicle towed, according to court documents.

Heather Rowe, 38, of Salyersville, was at Walmart and parked in the fire lane, according to the citation, when PPD officers arrested a man there on a warrant and discovered Rowe did not have a valid operator’s license, meaning she could not move the vehicle from the fire lane.

The citation said Rowe began to complain to the PPD chief in an attempt to avoid having her car towed before she “jumped in the vehicle and took off, almost running over (Roe),” PPD Capt. Johnathan Holbrook wrote.

“I had to jump out of the way,” Roe said.

Holbrook said he chased the vehicle on foot before getting back into Roe’s patrol vehicle and pursuing Heather Rowe to the Marathon gas station on Ky. 321, where Officer Shane Cantrell was able to block the vehicle in, according to the citation. Holbrook said it appeared that Rowe was attempting to get back in the vehicle, so he deployed his Taser, the citation said.

Rowe continued to struggle, Holbrook said, but the officers were able to arrest her without further incident.

The citation said Rowe was unable to produce proof of insurance and that the tags on the vehicle were expired.

Rowe was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and traffic charges.

No court dates had been set in Rowe’s case of presstime Tuesday.

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