Two charged after lengthy police chase

James Sisco and Michael Meek James Sisco and Michael Meek
James Sisco and Michael Meek
James Sisco and Michael Meek

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. — Two people are in jail following a chase Tuesday night in Johnson County.

Acting on a tip that a Chevy Cobalt would be traveling through Hager Hill with a large amount of drugs, a deputy spotted the vehicle and attempted to pull it over after it ran a stop sign. Instead, the vehicle sped away, leading to a chase through Van Lear, Paintsville and Boons Camp.

When the car reached Route 3 in Martin County, a passenger identified as 29-year-old Michael Robert Meek, jumped through the window of the moving vehicle, landed on his face, then jumped up and ran into the woods. Floyd County deputies and a police dog found him a short time later and arrested him for fleeing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The car chase continued back into Johnson County, when the driver — 47-year-old James Neil Sisco, of Meally — turned onto South Daniels Creek and then jumped out of the moving car. Sisco allegedly tried to run away on foot, but was stopped by a taser, causing him to fall to the ground and soil himself.

Police reported finding individual packages of marijuana and trafficking materials in his car.

Sisco was taken into custody and charged with trafficking marijuana, fleeing police, wanton endangerment and numerous other charges.