Paducah police search for man accused of ramming police cruiser, leaving behind illegal drugs

Malik J. Watson (Source: Paducah Police Department)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Paducah police are searching for a man facing several wanton endangerment and drug charges after they say he rammed a police cruiser with his car and ran away leaving behind illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Malik J. Watson, 26, of Madison Street, has been charged in a warrant with driving with no operator’s license; first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle); first-degree wanton endangerment; second-degree wanton endangerment; second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot); trafficking in a controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl); second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces); and first-degree criminal mischief, according to the Paducah Police Department.

Drug detectives saw Watson driving on Mayfield Road Tuesday afternoon and knew he did not have a valid operator’s license. Watson pulled into a driveway, and the detectives stopped behind him with their emergency lights activated and got out of their police cruiser to talk to him.

Watson put his car in reverse and rammed the front of the cruiser, then attempted to flee in reverse down Seitz Street, according to Paducah police. The car ran into a ditch and Watson ran away on foot. Officers were unable to find him.

Detectives found about 50 suspected fentanyl pills, 15 hydrocodone pills, 143 grams of marijuana, digital scales and 125 small plastic bags in the car Watson was driving, according to police. They also found Watson’s ID and debit card in the car.

Watson pleaded guilty to second-degree fleeing or evading police in October 2020 and was sentenced to one year and 30 days in jail, but was placed on supervised probation.

Anyone with information about where Watson may be is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550. Information also may be provided anonymously through West Kentucky Crime Stoppers by texting WKY and your tip to 847411 (tip 411) or by downloading the app “WKY Crime Stoppers” from the Apple Store or Google Play. Tipsters also may access the online tip form through the City of Paducah website at http://paducahky.gov/west-ky-crime-stoppers. Information leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a reward of up to $1,000.

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