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Paducah man facing multiple charges, accused of running from police


A Paducah man was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 13 around 10:49 a.m. after a chase through a Paducah neighborhood.

Ronnie T. Copeland, 22, was charged with speeding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, failure to produce an insurance card and third degree criminal trespass.

According to Paducah police, an officer reported he tried to stop a vehicle for traveling 39 mph in a 25 mph zone, but the car continued for several blocks before stopping in the 2200 block of Park Avenue.

The officer said there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car and he had his K9 partner, Junior, search the exterior of the vehicle.

Junior alerted to the possibility of drugs at the driver's side door and officers began to search the vehicle. It was then that police say Copeland ran away.

Police say they found him in the back yard of a home on Laclede Avenue and arrested him. He was taken to the police department to be interviewed.

According to police, Copeland, a convicted felon, admitted he bought an SKS assault rifle that was found in the trunk of his car.

Police say while in an interview room by himself, Copeland took a bag from his socks and bit it. They say the found the bag contained crack cocaine, and Copeland appeared to be trying to eat it.

Police say they found Copeland's possession more than $1,400 cash, 3.1 grams of crack cocaine, the SKS assault rifle and 27 rounds of ammunition and two iPhones.

Copeland was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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