Suspect runs away from courthouse

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Nathan Todd Melton left his boots behind while running from Bedford County Courthouse on Wednesday morning. (Photo provided by Curt Cobb)

Officers scrambled to search a wide area east of downtown Shelbyville man who literally ran out of his boots while fleeing Bedford County Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

The suspect -- Nathan Todd Melton, 32, of West End Circle -- ended up at almost the last place anyone would expect: the rear parking lot of Shelbyville City Hall, within sight of the police department and Bedford County Jail.

Additional charges of jail escape and resisting arrest were filed. He was being held without bond this morning, with a probation revocation hearing scheduled on other charges.

Melton bolted from the second floor of the courthouse, where he was to appear in Circuit Court on charges of driving on a revoked license, failure to obey a traffic control device and a violation of the financial responsibility law (no proof of vehicle insurance), according to the court docket.

He was scheduled to return to Circuit Court this morning for a previously-scheduled probation revocation hearing on charges of promoting methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a schedule II drug (meth) and probation violation.

Officers were told Melton ran east. Bedford County deputies, Shelbyville police officers and jailers ran and drove toward Thompson Street, where one caller reported he had been seen.

Meanwhile, one person said Melton had arrived at court riding in a white Dodge pickup. The truck was spotted a few minutes later at City Hall, where officers swarmed the area and captured Melton without incident.