Paducah man facing theft, drug charges after car break in

A Paducah, Kentucky man is in jail after a man stopped him from trying to take items from his car.

McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputy Derick Pugh says it happened just after 8:00 p.m. Monday. They received a call that someone was trying to take items from a car parked in a driveway on Pepper Lane. Deputies arrived a few minutes after the victim followed and detained the person searching through his car.

Pugh says before deputies arrived, 24-year-old Jacob Wiggins pulled onto Pepper Lane and parked his car, leaving his 3-year-old son unattended. He jumped in the passenger seat and started rummaging through the car before the owner approached him. Pugh says that’s when Wiggins tried to run away, but the car’s owner stopped him.

Wiggins was given a field sobriety test and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken into custody for the theft, driving under the influence, and wanton endangerment of his 3-year-old son. Wiggins later told deputies he had illegal narcotics his car. They searched it and found hydrocodone, alprazolam, marijuana, zubsolv tablets and dried mushrooms. Possession of drief mushrooms, also known as psilocybin, is a felony.

The charges against Wiggins include:

– Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
– Possession of marijuana
– Possession of a controlled substance in the 1st degree
– Possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree
– Possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree
– Wanton endangerment
– Theft by unlawful taking of contents from a vehicle

Deputy Pugh says the investigation into this case is ongoing.

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