Woman pulled from burning stolen car, couple charged with theft


A Paducah woman who was pulled from a burning car that she and another man allegedly stole and wrecked Sunday morning were charged in that theft. The man was wanted by authorities on six outstanding warrants.

Police were called at 12:50 a.m. to an alarm sounding at Ray H. Mullen Motors, 1044 Broadway. Officers found a door had been kicked in.

According to the incident report, Officer A.J. Parrish saw a white BMW back into a vehicle on the car lot, then jump a curb and leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Parrish attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued down Broadway and turned onto South Sixth Street. The BMW hit a parked car on Sixth Street and continued to Caldwell Street, where it veered into a parking lot and hit two cars parked there.

The driver, later identified as Jeon Z. Quarles, 21, of Paducah, reportedly jumped out of the car and ran away. Parrish’s K9, Don, was released and caught Quarles several blocks away. Quarles continued to struggle with the K9, and a Taser was used to gain control of him.

As Parrish returned to his cruiser, he found the BMW had caught fire. He discovered a passenger, C-Bonesha Merriweather, 22, was trapped in the vehicle and he pulled her out of the driver’s side of the car and dragged her to safety. Evidence from the break-in implicating both Quarles and Merriweather in the burglary was reportedly found inside the stolen BMW.

Quarles and Merriweather were injured in one or more of the crashes the BMW was involved in and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Quarles was released after treatment and arrested on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking (automobile, more than $500), first-degree and second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot and in a motor vehicle), first-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident and on warrants charging him with five counts of failure to appear and one count of first-degree bail-jumping. He was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail on $17,250 cash bond.

Due to her injuries, Merriweather was issued a citation for the charges of third-degree burglary (complicity), theft by unlawful taking (automobile, more than $500) and first-degree criminal mischief (complicity).

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