James Malone

James Malone (Taylor County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife used a robotic deer to catch a man they say was hunting illegally.

According to an arrest report, James Malone was caught shining his spotlight on a deer from his SUV Sunday night.

But he didn't know the deer was a robot police use to catch people hunting illegally with spotlights. When officers searched Malone's SUV, they found methamphetamine inside, according to the arrest report.

Authorities also say he previously killed a deer without a license, and never reported it.

Malone faces a long list of charges including spotlighting, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, illegal taking or pursuing of deer or wild turkey, hunting or trapping without a license or permit and littering.

He is currently being held in the Taylor County Detention Center.

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