Convicted felon back behind bars after traffic stop in Warren County

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- A convicted felon is back behind bars in Warren County after a traffic stop and a search warrant.

According to an arrest citation, during a highway safety checkpoint on KY-185, Kentucky State Police made contact with a driver, identified Jeffrey Lee Smith, 46, of Bowling Green.

The troopers say they could smell an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.

The citation states when Smith exited his vehicle, a handcuff was applied to his left wrist, but Smith began pulling away with his right hand and reaching into his jacket. He then attempted to reenter his vehicle, and troopers were forced to strike him with their batons.

After both hands were place in handcuffs, troopers say they discovered a pistol in his jacket, along with a pill bottle containing marijuana, a pipe, and in another jacket, a container with suspected methamphetamine.

Police then executed a search warrant on a residence on Girkin Road where Smith lives. According to the citation, Bowling Green police recovered three rifles. A criminal background check revealed Smith is a convicted felon and not allowed to have firearms.

Smith has been charged with resisting arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property and several other charges.

He’s lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.