published Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Chattanooga judge's son arrested after running handcuffed at deputies

A Chattanooga judge’s teenage son was jailed after he reportedly charged at Hamilton County deputies during an arrest over the weekend, authorities said.

Zachary D. Paty, whose mother is City Judge Sherry Paty, faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, underage drinking and disorderly conduct.

According the arrest report by Deputy Donnie Myrick, Paty, 18, was one of four people in a car parked at the Days Inn in the 7700 block of Lee Highway that deputies were checking in response to a call a suspicious vehicle.

When Paty got out, deputies smelled alcohol on his breath and handcuffed him, according to Myrick’s report. Then Mark Harden, 19, got out of the vehicle, threw down a cigarette and took off running. Both deputies ran after Harden and were placing him under arrest when Paty, still in handcuffs, began running at them, the report stated.

“I ordered him several times to get on the ground and he continued to charge forward. Mr. Paty reached within a few feet of [Deputy] Christopher’s back when I told him to get on the ground or I would shoot him,” the report stated.

Two more deputies arrived soon after to take Paty into custody. Harden and the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Alexander Card, were arrested for drug possession.

Paty was convicted of underage drinking in July and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol screening, according to court records.

He could not be reached for comment at his home Sunday afternoon.

Zachary Paty posted a $4,500 bond and has a court date today before General Sessions Judge Christine Sell.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at or 423-757-6406. Follow her on Twitter at

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