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Kingsport pursuit leads to drugs, 14 arrests

March 17th, 2014 9:19 am by Rain Smith

Kingsport pursuit leads to drugs, 14 arrests

Willie Martin Salyer, 43

Kingsport police say they have apprehended a man who led them on a vehicle pursuit on Wednesday afternoon, while execution of a warrant for his arrest prompted drug charges against 13 additional individuals on Sunday.

On March 12 Kingsport police attempted to perform a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Fairview Avenue, due to the driver not wearing a seatbelt. Police say the motorist, later identified as Willie Martin Salyer, 43, of 401 Parson Drive, lot 11, "took evasive action" by making a right onto Mimosa, followed by an immediate left turn into an alley.

At that time a white female in the car appeared to officers to be distressed, sticking both of her arms out the passenger side window. Despite the pursing officer activating the squad car's sirens, Salyer is alleged to have continued to flee, making a succession of rapid turns onto Clinton Street and back onto Fairview Avenue.

The car reportedly stopped at the intersection of Fairview and Riverside Avenue. At that point, authorities said the female passenger attempted to exit the vehicle and Salyer sped back up. The door remained open for the rest of the pursuit.

Police terminated the chase a short distance later out of concern that the female could be ejected from the car. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says the woman was later located and determined to be OK.

Subsequent investigation led to a warrant being obtained for Salyer, charging him with felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, violation of registration and violation of seatbelt law.

A KPD press release says that at 10 a.m. Sunday police visited a residence where Salyer had been staying, 322 Gibson Mill Road. Resident Selena C. Maggard, 47, reportedly gave consent for officers to search the residence, at which time Salyers tried to escape out a window and then darted out a back door.

Police say he was apprehended just outside the home, while the vehicle he had used in last week's pursuit was located at another residence.

KPD vice detectives were called to the Gibson Mill residence due to numerous items of drug paraphernalia being observed in the home. Maggard and 12 additional individuals who were present were allegedly found in possession of various narcotics, including bath salts, Subutex, gravel and Legend drugs.

Maggard and the other 12 individuals present were arrested and booked into the city jail. Kingsport police say that prior to the Sunday night incident five of the suspects were already wanted on outstanding warrants.

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