According to the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, troopers were involved in a car chase Tuesday morning that ended in a crash on Ky Rt 80 in Floyd Co. Reports indicate that the pursuit of a Gold Toyota 4-Runner began shortly after 8 AM at a stop light in Johnson Co. Police said they felt the driver, identified as James Neal Cisco, 43, of Meally was behaving suspiciously. Police ran the vehicles tags, which came back with outstanding warrants against the owner. Attempts to pull the vehicle over were unsuccessful and the driver took off and the pursuit was underway. The vehicle traveled onto US 23 toward Floyd Co. then onto Rt 80 for a short distance before Cisco lost control of his vehicle coming down Martin Hill and he collided with another vehicle head-on. The driver of that vehicle was identified as Rebecca Pratt, of Viper, who was transported to a local Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Cisco was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI, second-degree assault, wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, and numerous traffic violations. He was also taken to a nearby Hospital to be checked out and to be administered a blood test. Police said Cisco was on parole after serving a sentence for drug trafficking, theft, fleeing police, and persistent felony offender. He was charged with a probation violation in December. The KSP is continuing to investigate this incident.