Magoffin man charged with assault after crashing into deputy’s cruiser

Billy Shepherd

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. — What began as an attempt to pull over a vehicle for having one headlight turned into a chase early Saturday morning, followed by felony charges for the driver.

Magoffin County deputies spotted the vehicle, driven by 46-year-old Billy Shepherd, at Coon Creek and attempted to pull it over. But police say Shepherd led them on a chase for 10 to 15 miles before stopping. 

When he finally stopped and the deputy got out of his car to confront him, Shepherd allegedly put his car in reverse and slammed into the cruiser before taking off again. The deputy received minor injuries when he was struck by the door of the cruiser.

Shepherd was eventually stopped on a dirt road, but allegedly ran away on foot. Once he was arrested, police found a bag containing meth, marijuana and multiple pills.

Shepherd is now charged with assaulting a police officer, fleeing police, drug trafficking and numerous other charges.