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Paducah man charged after traffic stop

Staff report

A Paducah man faces multiple charges and traffic violations after fleeing the scene of a safety checkpoint on Saturday, according to Kentucky State Police.

Police said state troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of KY 305/Cairo Road and Coleman Road about 11:45 p.m. when Andre Cowherd, 31, of Paducah, refused to exit his vehicle and then fled the scene.

Officers from state police and the Paducah Police Department pursed Cowherd as he drove toward an apartment at 711 Oakcrest Drive. He exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and ignored verbal commands to stop. He fled on foot, forced the apartment door open and ran inside. Two officers used their Tasers on Cowherd and he was then taken into custody.

He was taken to Lourdes Hospital at the request of the Paducah Police Department, where he was treated and released. He was then taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail on Sunday, state police said.

Cowherd faces charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police-motor vehicle; first-degree fleeing or evading police-on foot; first-degree wanton endangerment; second degree burglary; second-degree disorderly conduct; third-degree trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces; possession of synthetic cannabis; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting arrest; two counts of criminal mischief; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; speeding 25 mph over the limit; failure to or improper signal; disregarding a stop sign; reckless driving; failure of owner to maintain required insurance; and failure to notify the Department of Transportation of an address change.

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