PADUCAH — McCracken County sheriff’s deputies took two Graves County residents into custody early Sunday morning after a traffic stop led to a foot chase in Paducah.
In a news release, McCracken Sgt. Trent Hardin said McCracken Deputy Jeremy Renfrow was in the process of initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle just before 1 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Irvin Cobb and Wayne Sullivan drives. The vehicle pulled into a business parking lot, then pulled back onto the roadway, continued at low speed, then went to another parking lot before stopping.
Upon entering the second lot, Hardin said Renfrow saw the passenger, later identified as Kennedi Lee, 22, of Hickory, throwing items out the window. At the same time, the driver, identified as Casey France, 35, of Mayfield, exited the vehicle, then fled the area on foot.
Paducah police officers were in the area at the time and observed France fleeing from the scene. Paducah officers then assisted Renfrow in capturing France and, after a brief struggle, France was taken into custody, Hardin said.
Investigation determined that Lee had attempted to discard marijuana out of the vehicle window while the car was being stopped, Hardin said, adding that a search of the car uncovered a quantity of marijuana, as well as items of drug paraphernalia. Several open alcoholic containers were found as well, he said.
During the struggle with France, a Paducah officer did receive minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
France was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a rear license not illuminated, fleeing/evading police in the second degree (motor vehicle), fleeing/evading police in the second degree (on foot), resisting arrest, assault in the third degree (police officer), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (aggravator circumstances), diving on a DUI suspended license, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, which is prohibited in a motor vehicle, and wanton endangerment in the second degree.
Lee was charged with possession of marijuana, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. Both suspects were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail, where they remained as of Sunday evening.
Individuals facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.