Facing your troubles isn't always easy. Sometimes, it's tempting just to turn your head and run from the problems life presents ... including what the judge sets your bail at. This truth was reaffirmed yet again this morning by a man in Bellingham.
According to a report in the Bellingham Herald by Caleb Hutton, 21-year-old Michael William Ackerman was in Bellingham Municipal Court around 11:20 a.m. this morning because of a domestic violence no-contact order case against him when things took a turn for the bizarre. Informed by the judge that his bail had been set at $2,000, Ackerman, according to Hutton's story, had trouble facing this reality.
So he took off running.
As the Bellingham Herald notes:
When the judge told him his bail would be set at $2,000, Ackerman contended he wouldn't be able to post bond, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Officers were en route to the courthouse, so they could escort Ackerman to jail, when the would-be inmate ran out of the courtroom, Young said.
The good news is Ackerman wasn't on the loose for long. He was soon found hiding behind a house a few blocks away from the court, according to reports, and was taken into custody and booked on the original charges against him - two counts of violating an anti-harassment order.
The Herald doesn't mention any additional charges being added to Ackerman's rap sheet because of today's Prefontaine-like effort. Perhaps authorities are kindly chocking it up to stupidity.
The Herald's story does note that Ackerman is currently entangled in two other ongoing Superior Court cases - one in which he's charged with buying heroin, and the other in which he's charged with possessing a glass pipe with meth residue on it.