A Salyersville woman was indicted by a Floyd County grand jury this week, following a March arrest during a chase in which it was alleged that the woman attempted to run over a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy.
Jessica R. Minix, 29, of Salyersville, was arrested March 30 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.
When the original arrest occurred, Minix was charged with attempted murder for driving her vehicle in a manner that threatened the life of JCSO Deputy Michael Scott, according to the citation, but was not indicted on the attempted murder charge when the indictment was handed down.
Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner reported that the officer who presented the case in Floyd County did not ask the grand jury for an attempted murder charge.
The indictment did, however, include two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine), two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic charges.
If convicted and sentenced to serve consecutive terms, Minix could face up to 30 years in prison.
“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 ran 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 continued 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.
According to Saylor, the pursuit necessitated a multi-agency response wherein the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prestonsburg Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, Salyersville Police Department and Kentucky State Police.