Paducah man facing various drug charges after police chase

James I. Dawson, III (Source: McCracken County Jail)
James I. Dawson, III (Source: McCracken County Jail)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A Paducah man is accused of running from deputies late Thursday and faces various drug charges.

James I. Dawson, III, 25, of Paducah was charged with fleeing or evading police 2nd degree on foot, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree cocaine, trafficking in marijuana-less than 8 oz. and a felony probation violation warrant.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, a McCracken County Sheriff K-9 deputy saw a man walking down South 9th street in front of the W.B Sanders Retirement Center.

Deputies were in that area looking for a robbery suspect that had just occurred in the block of 9th and Jones Street.

As a deputy was trying to get out of the car and talk with Dawson, the man fled from authorities on foot for several blocks.

Dawson was later caught at the corner of Walter Jetton and Kentucky Avenue.

Deputies say during the chase Dawson was seen throwing a baggy.  Investigators say the baggy had crack cocaine in it.

Dawson also was in possession of marijuana and an large amount of cash believed to be used in connection with drug trafficking, according to the sheriff's office.

He was taken to the McCracken County Jail on $2,500 cash only bond.

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