Man wanted on felony warrant found hiding in attic


A Seymour man wanted on four warrants was arrested Friday evening after he was found hiding in the attic of a home on the city’s north side, police report.

Gavin Morris Dutton, 23, had been wanted on a warrant issued June 23 by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter for possession of methamphetamine, two counts of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving causing property damage, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, criminal recklessness and operating while never having received a driver’s license.

He also was wanted on a second warrant, issued by Poynter on June 9, for strangulation and domestic battery; another warrant issued Thursday by Poynter for resisting law enforcement; and a fourth issued June 18 by Poynter for two counts of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia.

According to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster, the incident that led to Dutton’s arrest started when Seymour officers and officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received information he was in an area on North Ewing Street just north of the city limits.

That information led police to a home in the 500 block of Fountain Drive, and detectives then were able to develop probable cause to obtain a Jackson Superior Court I warrant to search the home and a vehicle for drugs and drug-related items, Foster said.

When they arrived to execute the warrant, police learned Dutton was hiding in the attic and attempted to get him to come down, Foster said.

Police then entered the attic to find Dutton, who became uncooperative.

During an ensuing altercation, police attempted to take Dutton into custody by using an electronic control device, an effort that was unsuccessful, Foster said.

He said Dutton then battered county Detective Brad Barker on two occasions before he fell through the neighboring part of the duplex and was arrested, police said.

Dutton faces new charges of battery on a police officer resulting in injury and resisting law enforcement as a result of the arrest.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:22 p.m. Friday.

The list of the 19 charges against Dutton includes one Level 5 felony — the possession of methamphetamine charge — and five Level 6 felonies.

A Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction.

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