KSP: Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Madisonville Man

A traffic stop in Webster County Wednesday led to the arrest of a Madisonville man for numerous charges, including DUI, drug possession and attempt to disarm a police officer.

According to Kentucky State Police, around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday a trooper stopped the vehicle driven by 24 year old James M. Butler, of Madisonville, for a traffic violation on Union Street in Providence.

During the course of the traffic stop, police say the trooper determined that Butler was under the influence of a controlled substance. During a search of Butler, the trooper reportedly found a plastic bag with suspected crystal methamphetamine in it, as well as a glass pipe.

After the drugs were located, state police report Butler ran from the scene with the trooper in pursuit who deployed his taser. While trying to subdue the Madisonville man, police say the two got into a physical altercation. Providence Police officers arrived at the scene and assisted the trooper with taking Butler into custody without further incident.

Police indicate neither Butler nor the trooper was injured during the altercation.

Butler was lodged in the Webster County Jail charged with Careless Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal, DUI 1st Offense, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd Offense – Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot), Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer), and Attempt to Disarm Police Officer.

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