Prestonsburg faces several felony charges


PRESTONSBURG – A Prestonsburg man will appear in court this morning to answer to a host of felony charges after an incident that began in the Allen Dollar Store on May 28 resulted in his arrest.

Jonathan L. Hamilton, 32, is scheduled for arraignment in Floyd County District Court this morning to answer to felony counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking shoplifting under $500, resisting arrest, and public intoxication (controlled substance).

According to police records, at just after 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 Kentucky State Police received a call from the Dollar General store at Allen. Store employees reported that a man was in the store “intoxicated and could barely stand up.”

Kentucky State Police Trooper John Dixon arrived on scene and when employees pointed Hamilton out, Dixon approached him, verifying the employee’s statements in his report that he did “appear intoxicated.” Dixon ran Hamilton’s information and found that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, at which point he attempted to take him into custody.

“Took subject outside and attempted to place handcuffs on the subject behind his back,” Dixon wrote. “Subject then jerked away from me and ran across (Route) 1428 which was busy at the time. I gave chase and deployed my Taser X26, striking the subject with only one probe.”

Dixon said Hamilton continued across the busy highway and entered the parking lot of the nearby Citizen’s National Bank where he then fell. Hamilton rose and tried to continue running, but Dixon reported he then “followed up with a drive stun,” an option where the Taser is held against the individual without firing projectiles and is intended most often to cause pain without incapacitating the person.

Following this, Hamilton became compliant and was arrested, Dixon said. Once he was in custody, Dixon searched him and found items believed to have been taken from the Dollar Store. He then checked back in with the store employees who discovered the items were from the store and totaled $44.79 in value. The items included condoms, a thermometer, razor blade cartridges, Visine, and clear eye drops.

When Dixon drove Hamilton to the Floyd County Detention Center, officials there refused Hamilton, stating “he had to be medically cleared,” at which time Dixon then transported him to Highlands Regional Medical Center. Hamilton was then admitted to the hospital due to his level and mixture of drugs in his system, Dixon reported.

Hamilton will appear for arraignment in district court at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

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