Police: Man leads deputies on a high-speed chase, hits police cruisers

Photo of Thomas Skeens from 09/03/2019

A man led Floyd County Deputies on a high-speed pursuit which resulted in the man hitting 2 cruiser vehicles.

According to the arrest citation, dispatch received an anonymous tip stating that 50-year-old Thomas Skeens of Prestonsburg had several outstanding felony warrants. As deputies approached Skeens, he failed to comply and took off, leading them on a high-speed chase. According to Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, as Skeens was eluding, he sideswiped one of their cruisers.

During the chase, he was throwing items out the window, with one item striking the front windshield of the deputy’s cruiser. After the chase came to an end, he put his vehicle in reverse, backing into one of their cruisers. He then jumped out of his vehicle and continued to proceed on foot as deputies caught up and arrested him.

As the Floyd County Detention Center was searching Skeens, they were able to locate a bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be Meth.

Thomas Skeens was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st-degree meth, speeding 26 mph over the speed limit, tampering with physical evidence, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, resisting arrest, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, operating on a suspended license, 2 counts of assault 3rd degree of a police or probation officer, 3 counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree of a police officer, and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.