DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - Authorities in Daviess County are searching for a man who they say took off after a court hearing Monday.
Officials with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office tell 14 News an escape warrant will be issued for David Whitaker, 31-years-old.
They say a judge had just ordered that he be remanded to jail, when he bolted out of the courtroom before deputies could place him in handcuffs.
Sheriff’s deputies say Whitaker kept stalling, asking to give his property to his mom, then saying he was sick. Authorities say he then ran out of the courtroom with a deputy following him.
According to authorities, he stopped at the stairwell and put his hands in his pockets. The deputy says Whitaker then turned toward the deputy and made a threatening move.
That’s when the deputy tazed Whitaker’s coat.
Authorities say Whitaker then jumped down several flights of stairs and ran out the door. The deputy ran after him, but lost sight
Authorities are searching now.
According to court documents, Whitaker was in court for charges of meth, synthetic drugs, and drug paraphernalia possession, as well as tampering with physical evidence.