Meth delivery suspect flees from Minot courtroom

A New Zealand man facing drug charges bolted from a courtroom in Minot Wednesday morning before Sheriff’s deputies tackled him in front of the courthouse exit.

Twenty-seven-year-old David Clune faces three felony counts of delivering methamphetamine, after investigators say he sold the drugs to a confidential informant last June.

At Clune’s pretrial conference Wednesda, Judge Douglas Mattson elected to raise his bail bond, and encouraged Clune to use the court’s ‘speedy release’ bond program.

Clune fled from the first-floor courtroom before a courtroom deputy could take him in to custody, but the deputy and two others detained him before he left the building.

Mattson had approved a request from Clune’s attorney David Spencer to withdraw from the case right before the incident. Spencer had filed motion to withdraw, citing an inability to work with his client.

Clune is a New Zealand native but currently resides in Post Falls, Idaho. A felony conviction could have his immigration status revoked.

He remains in custody in the Ward County Jail.