PRESTONSBURG — A report of an alleged threat led to felony charges against three local residents who are accused of possessing drugs and leading police on a three-hour foot chase that last week.

Christopher Hall, 33, of Teaberry, Rodney Thompson, 36, of Stanville, and Emily Williams, 24, of Pikeville, were arrested on several felony charges following an alleged three-hour foot pursuit that, at one point, crossed busy traffic on U.S. 23.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Ball reports in the citation that he was called to investigate complaints about alleged threats made on Nov. 26  at a residence on Main Street in Stanville. A person who called 911 complained that Thompson was allegedly smoking meth in a garage and threatening his parents.

Ball reported that he found Hall, Thompson and Williams in a vehicle in the garage when he arrived on the scene. He reported finding syringes near the rear and front of the vehicle and alleged that Hall fled on foot during an attempt to arrest them.

“Chris ran into heavy morning traffic on U.S. 23 which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to myself and approximately five (5) motorists on U.S. 23,” Ball wrote in the citation. “Chris nearly caused a major traffic collision due to running into the highway.”

Ball reported that he chased Hall on foot across U.S. 23 and Hall ran over the riverbank, where he was later found “hiding beside bush and trees.”

Ball reported that he deployed his taser and it was not successful.

“I observed Chris fall striking a tree,” he wrote. “Chris jumped up and continued to flee again when he seen other troopers ahead.”

Hall had four active warrants for his arrest, Ball reported.

According to the arrest citation, Thompson and Williams also left the vehicle after Hall fled. Williams was found inside the home, and was arrested, but troopers searched for Thompson for about three hours, the citation said.

“Neighbors in the area seen Rodney running handcuffed behind his back,” Ball reported.

Thompson was found about three hours later on the same street and taken into custody.

Ball reported that he discovered two baggies of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle, as well as syringes. The homeowner requested that the vehicle be removed from his garage.

Hall was charged with first-degree fleeing/evading police, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thompson was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree fleeing/evading police and possession of drug paraphernalia  

Williams was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Each of them pleaded not guilty during arraignments in Floyd District Court last week.

District Judge Jimmy R. Marcum placed Hall under a $1,000 cash bond, Thompson under a $5,000 partially secured bond and Williams under a $250 cash bond. He scheduled preliminary hearings to be held on Dec. 4 in the cases.

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