Arrest After Fleeing Police

Time: 12:49 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Location: Southside Paducah
Suspect: Justin Burkeen, 29, of Dexter, KY, arrested on charges of disregarding a stop sign, possession of synthetic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence (third offense in five years), first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment, and on a Calloway County warrant charging him with parole violation and a Graves County warrant charging him with contempt of court


A Dexter, KY, man faces a variety of charges after he was found early this afternoon, passed out in his car with a needle in his arm.

Police were called about 12:50 p.m. today to a report of a man passed out in a running car with a syringe sticking out of his arm on Ashcraft Avenue. Officer Linda Hodgson found the man as described, with a belt wrapped around his arm. She woke him and told him to turn his car off.

The man put the car into gear and fled, nearly hitting a Mercy Regional ambulance that responded to the scene, Hodgson said. Hodgson followed the car, but lost sight of it. Another officer was nearby and didn’t see the man’s car pass, so officers surmised that he had turned into the shopping center where the south side Wal-Mart Supercenter is located.

Officer Nathan Antonites spotted the man, parked and putting something into the trunk of his car, but when Antonites yelled at him, the man got back into his car and fled. Officers followed him across the highway to the parking lot of Kroger, where Sgt. Rob Hefner blocked the man’s vehicle with his cruiser.

The man, identified as Justin Burkeen, was arrested. Officers searched his vehicle and found syringes, a spoon, plastic baggies, loose pills, a belt and synthetic marijuana.

Burkeen was charged with disregarding a stop sign, possession of synthetic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence (third offense in five years), first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment. He also was served warrants from Calloway County, charging him with parole violation, and Graves County, warrant charging him with contempt of court. He was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.