According to the Paintsville Police Dept. on Saturday, March 17 at 6:20 PM Officer Keith Maynard responded to a call on Pine Street about a “suspicious” man continuously driving around Bouncing off the Walls business. When Officer Maynard arrived at the scene, he located the man parked near the building on Pine Street, but the man did not initially notice Officer Maynard. One the man noticed Officer Maynard he immediately took off running on foot. Officer Maynard stated that the man ran through Pine Street, cutting between 2 houses, crossing a creek behind the old Dollar Store on Broadway. By this time Officer Maynard had radioed for assistance in locating the man. Officer Zach Mitchell and Sgt. Billy Ramey responded and located the man in front of the Dairy Queen. When Officers asked for the man’s identity he initially refused to identify himself. Later he told them he was Christopher Prater, which turns out was the man’s brother’s name.
Upon questioning Officers ask whose vehicle the man was driving. He told them he was borrowing it from a friend. When Officers contacted the man who owned the vehicle he told them he did not give permission for the man to use. Police arrested the man and charged him with Unauthorized use of motor vehicle (1st Off), Fleeing or Evading Police (2nd Degree – On Foot), Disorderly Conduct (2nd Degree – the man was yelling and cursing during arrest in front of a business), Giving Officer False Identifying Information and Theft of Identity of Another w/o Consent. The man was lodged in the Big Sandy Detention Center. Later that evening around 8:09 PM, the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office contacted Officer Maynard and told him they believed the man was Gregory Gibson, 39 of Staffordsville based on past pictures and information. Officer Maynard returned to the jail and spoke with the man and positively identified him as Gregory Gibson. Gibson was additionally charged with Parole Violation Warrant through another agency. Gibson remains lodged at the BSRDC and other charges are pending upon further investigation. Officer Keith Maynard with the Paintsville Police Dept. is the investigating Officer.