Time: 9:40 p.m.
Date: Friday, July 29, 2022
Location: Intersection of South 28th Street and South 24th Street, Paducah
Driver 1: Johnathan C. Holder, 22, of Cairo, IL, driving a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis south on South 24th Street, and arrested on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to maintain insurance and disregarding a stop sign
Driver 2: Thomas Shiels, 26, driving a 2019 Dodge Durango police cruiser south on South 28th Street
Officer Thomas Shiels was driving south on South 28th Street to assist a McCracken County Constable when a car ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed, and Shiels could not stop in time to avoid a collision. The driver of the other car, Johnathan C. Holder, told officers that he was chasing another car, and admitted running the stop sign.
A witness and video from Shiels’ in-car camera confirmed the drivers’ accounts of the crash.
At the request of the Paducah Police Department, the collision was investigated by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Brad Lamb reported he found suspected marijuana and marijuana cigarettes in Holder’s vehicle.
Shiels was taken to Baptist Health Paducah, where he was treated and released. Holder was taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment. Upon his release, Holder was arrested by Lamb on the above-listed charges and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.