A Floyd County man who was recently sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for a robbery could now face additional time.
A Floyd County grand jury indicted Zachary T. Howard, 27, of Prestonsburg, on Monday, May 20, charging him with two felony counts of first-degree fleeing/evading police, driving under the influence, speeding, menacing, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct.
In April, Howard was sentenced in Floyd Circuit Court to serve 12 years for first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking-automobile — charges that stem an Aug. 10, 2018, robbery at a home in Wayland.
Kentucky State Police officials said in court documents that Howard broke into the home, stole two pistols that he used to hold the couple who lived there at gunpoint, stole $7 and the couple’s vehicle and fled. He was arrested following a high-speed chase with that vehicle later that day, the KSP reported, and he allegedly left the vehicle and fled police on foot prior to his arrest in the Dwale area.
The indictment issued Monday alleges that Howard was under the “combined influence of alcohol and any other substance or combination of substances” when that high-speed chase occurred last year.
With the menacing charge, the grand jury alleges that Howard placed KSP Trooper William Howard in “reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.”
Editor’s note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.