Two Paducah men were arrested after they allegedly ran from police in separate incidents Tuesday.
According to Paducah police, the first occurred at 9:30 a.m., when Officer Matt Wentworth attempted to stop a pickup truck for allegedly having expired temporary registration. The truck pulled into a parking lot off Irvin Cobb Drive and the driver, Matthew R. Hirt, 32, of Cook Street, jumped out and fled on foot, police said. He was caught a short distance away on top of a trailer in the parking lot of another business, police said. Police added that Hirt fled from McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies Monday night.
Hirt was arrested on bench warrants charging him with failing to appear. A small amount of marijuana was allegedly found under the trailer. Police will present evidence to a grand jury to seek indictments charging Hirt with fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence. Hirt also may be charged by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, officers said.
Just after noon, Officer Luke Fraley spotted Josh Andrew Brown, 45, of Minerva Place, walking near a restaurant on Hinkleville Road. Knowing there were outstanding warrants for Brown’s arrest, Fraley attempted to stop him.
Brown fled on foot across Hinkleville Road, police said, but was caught a short distance away. He was arrested charge of first-degree fleeing or evading police and on warrants charging him with two counts of contempt of court, second-degree burglary, felony theft by unlawful taking and first-degree bail-jumping.
Both men were booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.