A Perry woman was arrested Saturday night when she allegedly tried to flee from the presence of a man with a no-contact order against her.
Melynda Louise Weltha, 44, of 1624 Seventh St., Perry, was charged with violation of a no-contact order and interference with official acts.
The incident began about 8 p.m. Friday, when an officer of the Perry Police Department responded to a report of suspicious activity. A caller said “an older male in a white
truck” was “trying to make contact with kids at Wiese Park and following them around the park,” according to court records.
The responding officer located the vehicle. The officer “attempted to make a traffic stop on the truck, and it increased speed and turned around a corner.”
A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Weltha, allegedly “jumped out of the moving truck and attempted to run and hide from law enforcement,” according to court records.
The officer eventually detained Weltha and the driver of the truck, Michael Charles McAtee, 58, of 305 Seventh St. S., Grand Junction. Investigation revealed an active no-contact order out of Greene County between Weltha and McAtee, with McAtee as the protected party.
Weltha is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.
Weltha was convicted of violation of a no-contact order in 2019 in Greene County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.