A Prestonsburg resident is facing felony charges for allegedly trying to evade police during a traffic stop last weekend. 

Rebecca Howard, 52, of Abbott Creek in Prestonsburg, was arrested in Magoffin County on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

The Prestonsburg Police Officer Darrell Caldwell reports in the citation that he attempted to pull over the vehicle Howard was allegedly driving on Ky. 114 that evening after she allegedly failed to use a turn signal and struck two vehicles.

He alleges that Howard refused to stop after he activated his emergency lights and that she continued driving on Ky. 114 toward Salyersville at speeds of 85 mph. 

He reported in the citation that Howard was “driving in the on-coming lane of travel and nearly hitting two vehicles head-on.” 

Salyersville Police Officer Jeremiah Watson assisted in the chase, which ended in Magoffin County. 

“(Howard) failed to listen to officer’s verbal commands and tried to back up in the direction of officers and cruisers,” Caldwell wrote. 

“(Howard) still wouldn’t listen to verbal commands to exit the vehicle after being told several times she was under arrest and had (to) be removed from the vehicle to be arrested and she still continued trying to pull away from the officers.” 

Howard was charged with speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, improper turning, first-degree fleeing/evading police, rear license not illuminated, resisting arrest and improper passing.

She was arraigned in Floyd District Court on Monday. District Judge Eric Hall set her bond at $5,000 cash. 

He scheduled a preliminary hearing to be held on Oct. 14.

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