An Elkhorn City man was indicted by a Pike grand jury after he allegedly fled from a DUI checkpoint, then when located by police officers, took one officer’s Taser and used it against two officers while resisting arrest.

According to Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley, Caleb Schoeff, 38, of East Russell Street, was indicted on two counts of third-degree assault of a police

and first-degree fleeing or evading police, as well as a misdemeanor charge of DUI in connection to the Aug. 18 incident which occurred near Elkhorn City.

On August 18, Schoeff approached a DUI checkpoint being operated, in part, by the Elkhorn City Police Department, but instead of stopping, he attempted to drive through the checkpoint, Bartley said.

“Once they began pursuing him, he continued driving away, fleeing,” Bartley said. “Then, once he was detained by the police after they hemmed him in, he started fighting police. During his struggles, they tried to deploy a Taser on him and he took the Taser away and applied it to two of the officers that were trying to apprehend him.”

According to the indictment, those two officers were ECPD Chief Bobby Sexton and ECPD Officer Chase Dotson, though the indictment does not say from which officer Schoeff took the Taser.

Bartley said that, with Schoeff’s post-checkpoint actions, Schoeff turned a simple misdemeanor arrest into one in which he now faces up to 15 years in prison.

“Had he sat there, let them determine he was intoxicated, taken him to jail, then he would have served a few days, paid a fine and lost his license, but the case would be over. So, how did this end up for Caleb?,” Bartley said. “It ended up with him being arrested and charged with crimes carrying up to 15 years in prison, when it could have been a simple DUI arrest. He could have gotten treatment for his alcohol problems and gone on with his life. Now, he is very likely going to prison.”

Bartley continued to speak out on a recent string of fleeing or evading arrests and indictments occurring in Pike County.

“Contrary to the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show that showed running from the police was fun, they never showed the truth of it. These people need to come on down to court and watch that the end result of fleeing or evading is a prison sentence,” Bartley said. “You don’t get any awards, you get prison time.”

Others indicted by the most recent Pike grand jury included;

• Tina Sampson, 47, of Walters Road, Pikeville, on a felony charge of second-degree robbery and a misdemeanor charge of theft.

• Luke Dotson, 42, of South Bridge Street, PIkeville, on a felony charge of third-degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree criminal mischief.

• Michael Kyle Chapman, 29, of Venters Lane, Pikeville, on two felony charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ronnie Thacker, 42, of Joes Creek, Pikeville, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

• Jessica Reynolds, 35, of Phyllis Lane, Pikeville, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charge of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and having a prescription drug not in the proper container.

• Thurman Shields, 27, of Newsome Branch, Virgie, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Janet H. Tackett, 48, of Democrat Hollow, Hellier, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

• Kenneth Chapman, 39, of Scott Street, Belfry, on a felony charge of third-degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of theft.

• Gregory P. Chaffins, 42, of Webb Street, Garrett, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Others indicted on misdemeanor charges by the most recent Pike grand jury included;

• Kermit Swiney, 42, of Pinson Branch Road, Pikeville, on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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