Attorney arrested inside Pitt County Courthouse

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - David Sutton, an attorney from Greenville, was charged by Pitt County deputies with resisting a public officer after he tried to enter the courthouse Friday morning.

The arrest warrant said Sutton refused to obey "lawful commands given by Deputy Bridges, refusing to stop, pulling away from Deputy Bridges, refusing to allow himself to be handcuffed." The warrant states Deputy Bridges was working the security checkpoint at the courthouse at the time of the incident.

Earlier this summer, Sutton was arrested and indicted for intimidating a witness. Part of the bond included limited access to certain secure parts of the courthouse, including areas where a swipe card is required to enter.

However, Sutton said his bond was later changed by another judge.

Sutton claims he was conducting usual business as an attorney and therefore should not have been subjected to a pat down at the security checkpoint.

Judge Duke stated in court on Friday the original conditions of Sutton's bond would be reinstated until Monday. At that point, Sutton can go before a judge and ask for any changes to his bond.

NewsChannel 12 caught up with Sutton at the Pitt County Detention Center after he posted a $1,000 bond.

"What I did today was because I had had enough. Did I know they might arrest me? I really didn't think that they would because I don't think it was lawful.  But was it outside the realm of what Ii thought might happen when I didn't stop? No. I thought very well that given everything that they've done they might do it," Sutton said.

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