McCracken man arrested after trying to drive off with police officer leaning in car window

A McCracken County man was arrested after he tried to drive off with a Paducah police officer leaning in his car window.

The Paducah Police Department says Officer James Davis stopped 20-year-old Jamey Donelson, who goes by the name Yung J, around 11:51 a.m. Tuesday for clocking his car going 58 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone and running a stop sign.

Davis said when he talked with Donelson, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. He searched the car and found nothing. Davis issued Donelson citations for speeding and running a stop sign and released him.

After that, Donelson turned around and returned in the direction from which he had just come. Davis was suspicious and suspected that Donelson had disposed of marijuana before the traffic stop.

Davis watched Donelson pull into the driveway of a home in the 2500 block of Trimble Street. He said that Donelson was aware the officer was watching and he backed out and left.

Davis and another sergeant went to the home and found a large plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in the front yard. They left the bag and set up surveillance on the home.

A few minutes later Donelson returned, stopped in the road, picked up the bag, and was running back towards the car when he saw Davis approaching.

Donelson dropped the bag and got into the car. Davis leaned in through the passenger window to try to stop him.

Donelson took off at a high-speed, causing Davis to back out of the window in order to avoid being dragged. His body-worn camera, which was attached to his chest, came off and dropped into Donelson’s car.

The other sergeant saw Donelson fleeing and was able to stop him and take him into custody. The officers seized marijuana and $316 in cash from Donelson’s car.

Donelson was charged with trafficking in less than eight ounces of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding (23 mph over limit) and disregarding a stop sign.

He was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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