K9 Finds Man After Fleeing from Police

Time: 7:38 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: 2100 block of Jackson Street, Paducah
Suspect: Paris Thomas, 26, of Murray Avenue, Paducah, arrested on charges of having no registration, second-degree fleeing or evading police, driving with no operator’s license, trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence, and on a warrant charging him with failing to appear

A McCracken County man was arrested after he fled from police and was located by a police K9 hiding inside a garage.

Officer Ryan Hudson stopped a car on Jackson Street for having an expired license plate. The driver pulled into a parking lot, then jumped from his car and fled on foot. Hudson chased the man, but lost sight of him behind several homes.

Sgt. Nathan Antonites responded with his K9 partner, Junior. Junior tracked the driver from where he last was seen by Hudson to a garage in the 2100 block of Jackson Street. Antonites received no response to several warnings, and sent Junior into the garage to search. Junior located the man hiding behind a door that had been stored inside the garage.

The man refused to come out of hiding, and refused to show Antonites whether he had anything in his hands, and was apprehended by K9 Junior. The man, identified as Paris Thomas, was taken into custody and charged with the above-listed offenses. He sustained minor injuries to his left hand and the right side of his chest, and was treated at Baptist Health Paducah, then booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

Officers located $563 cash, 75 grams of marijuana and digital scales in Thomas’ possession. Those items were seized as evidence.