Man Arrested for Various Charges Including Wanton Endangerment

Time: 11:51 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Location: 2500 block of Trimble Street, Paducah
Suspect: Jamey K. Donelson, who goes by the name “Yung J,” 20, of the 900 block of North 23rd Street, arrested on charges of 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

A young McCracken County man was arrested on various charges, including wanton endangerment, after he tried to drive off with a Paducah police officer leaning in his car window.

Officer James Davis originally stopped Jamey K. Donelson after clocking his vehicle at 58 mph in a 35-mph zone, then observing him run a stop sign to try to get away from Davis.

Davis said when he was talking with Donelson, he detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle. Davis searched the vehicle and found nothing. Davis issued Donelson citations for speeding and running a stop sign and released him. Davis became suspicious when Donelson turned around and returned in the direction from which he had just come, and suspected that Donelson had disposed of marijuana prior to the traffic stop.

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

Davis and Sgt. Rob Hefner went to the home and discovered a large plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in the front yard. They left the bag in the yard and set up surveillance on the home. Davis said a few minutes later, Donelson returned, stopped his car in the road and got out. Donelson picked up the bag of marijuana and ran back toward his car when he saw Davis approaching. He threw down the bag of marijuana and got into his car, as Davis leaned in through the passenger side window to try to stop him.

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

Hefner observed Donelson fleeing and was able to stop Donelson’s car and take him into custody. Officers seized the marijuana, which weighed about 50 grams, and $316 cash found in 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 booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.