City Judge's Son Facing New Charges

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Zachary Paty
Zachary Paty

The son Of City Judge Sherry Paty, who was arrested in January 2013 in an incident in which police said he charged at officers while in handcuffs, has been arrested again.


Zachary Douglas Paty, 20, was arrested Monday after a city police officer said he saw him speeding and driving erratically in a black Chevrolet Blazer on Highway 153.


The officer said Paty was going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and was weaving from lane to lane without using turn signals. He said he also was straddling the middle of the lane.


He said after he stopped him Paty had slurred speech and appeared to have difficulty performing simple tasks.

He said Paty handed him an ITunes gift card for his registration.


The officer said, after performing field sobriety tests, he concluded that Paty showed many clues indicating the presence of alcohol and/or drugs. He said he could detect the odor of alcohol on his breath.

He said when he asked Paty to perform the walk and turn, he refused to do any more tests. He said after he was taken to jail, he refused to consent to a blood test to determine his alcohol or drug level.


Paty was charged with DUI, drinking under age, failure to maintain lane, speeding and violating the implied consent law.


Attorney Lee Davis said, "Zack was cooperative with police after a traffic stop.  We will appear together at his court date in General Sessions Court. I have not had an opportunity to speak to the arresting officer but hope to this week. Zack will enter a plea of not guilty to DUI in court." 


In the earlier incident, police said several youths who were caught with drugs fought with officers, including Zachary Paty.

That incident happened on a Friday just before midnight in the parking lot of the Days Inn motel in the 7700 block of Lee Highway.


An officer said he went to check on a suspicious vehicle parked away from the building across two parking spots. He said there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the car that was occupied by Paty, Alexander Bushnell Card, Mark A. Harden and a female.


Police said Paty exited the vehicle during the search of Card, though he had been ordered to stay in the car. He was directed to go back in the vehicle.  When Card had been placed on a curb, Paty was asked to exit. Police said he also had a strong odor of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. He was placed in handcuffs and placed on the curb.


The officers said while they were struggling with Harden, that Paty charged them. Two other officers arrived and took Paty to the ground.


In that case,Paty was charged with public intoxication, drinking underage, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.



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