County Official Involved in I-24 Incident
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Three men are under investigation after an altercation on the scene of a crash on Interstate 24.
According to Paducah Police, Anthony Hess, of Paducah, was operating a tow truck at the scene of an overturned car. Hess told police McCracken County Emergency Management Director Paul Carter and employee Donnie Lanier approached him and were asking Hess about a jacket he had not returned to the DES. Hess said that both Carter and Lanier then followed him to his truck.
According to the report, Hess told police Carter grabbed his neck and choked him. Hess also said Carter screamed threats at him. Hess said he grabbed Carter’s arm, causing Carter to fall over. He broke loose and began calling for an officer, according to the report. According to police, Hess did have marks on his neck.
Carter initially told Smith that he, Hess and Lanier did not get into an altercation. Carter was then asked to leave the scene.
The responding officer later reviewed the dash cam footage, and said a scuffle was apparent. After a second interview, Carter agreed there was a scuffle but said he did not choke Hess.
In terms of what will happen next, McCracken County Attorney Mike Murphy said it's a matter of taking one step at a time. On Tuesday, he said that he has been brought in to examine the situation, and ascertain what the facts are. He said, "...To be fair to everybody is what I'm trying to do. Trying to figure out what the heck happened."
Murphy said that "from where he sits" no one is accusing anyone of wrongdoing. But he added that the incident warrants looking into because "you have a county employee involved in some type of dispute. That affects the county, and they want to know basically what happened."