published Monday, January 7th, 2013

Judge's teen son jailed; police say he charged them

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 to 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 about 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 started 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 on drug possession charges.

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.

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

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