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July 15, 2018

6/26/2018 1:58:00 PM
Man tries to flee after hearing
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Being told that his bond would be revoked sent a Palestine man into panic at the Crawford County Courthouse on Friday.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Charles E. Morehead, 28, was in Crawford County Circuit Court for failure to appear for driving while license suspended and a drug-related charge. During the hearing it was revealed that he had failed the drug test he taken earlier. A judge revoked Morehead's bond and told him he would be heading back to the Crawford County Jail instead of home.

Morehead tried to flee the scene and ran downstairs to the courthouse entrance. It was there that two individuals - one a Clark County inmate - attempted to stop him.

The other inmate, who was there for a misdemeanor charge, and courthouse security officer Doug Fitts tried to subdue Morehead, but he fought them off, injuring Fitts in the process.

Other security officers at the time were transporting another prisoner between the county jail and courthouse.

Morehead fled the scene and ran along Main Street, where he was subdued by Crawford County Sheriff Bill Rutan across the street from Mach 1.

Rutan said that he was driving near the gas station when he received the call about Morehead's escape. It didn't take long for him to spot the fugitive. Robinson Police Chief Chad Weaver was also at the scene when the arrest was made.

Emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene to treat the injured, including Fitts. He has since been treated and released from the hospital.

Morehead was transported back to the county jail and will be held in liue of $25,000 bond.

Morehead was initially arrested by Palestine police in April after an investigation of illegal drug activity at the Inkphoria tattoo shop on South Main.

Drugs and firearms were obtained during the search leading to a laundry list of charges for Morehead.

He was officially charged with felonies of obstructing justice, unlawful possession of a scheduled IV narcotic, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, armed violence and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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