Jeffersontown Police fight with alleged heroin dealer in Dairy Queen parking lot

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown Police say they had a dangerous and violent scuffle with a suspected heroin dealer in the parking lot of a local Dairy Queen Wednesday night.

It happened at the Dairy Queen on Bluegrass Pkwy., near Hurstbourne Pkwy., just before 7 p.m.

Police say detectives were following a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Mark A. Jones, Jr., as it pulled into the Dairy Queen parking lot. According to the arrest report, the detectives were conducting a drug investigation and believed Jones had heroin in his possession.

Jones then backed into a parking spot and shut off his lights, "appearing to be waiting on someone to arrive," according to police. That's when officers approached his vehicle with lights and sirens activated.

But instead of giving himself up, Jones allegedly ignored police commands and put his vehicle in reverse, driving into a concrete culvert in an attempt to escape. He then allegedly put the vehicle in drive, in an attempt to run over police officers, according to the arrest report.

Officers say they were able to pull Jones out of the vehicle, but he still wasn't ready to be taken into custody. Police say he fought with officers -- ignoring their commands to stop -- until he was tased.

One officer suffered a possible broken hand during the scuffle, and three officers sustained damage to their clothing, according to the arrest report. Police say the fight placed officers at risk for "serious physical injury or death."

Police say they found $3,000 worth of heroin inside the vehicle. Jones allegedly admitted to hiding it under his seat when he saw police.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and four counts of wanton endangerment.

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