Man arrested for dealing meth after fleeing police


County officers arrested a man who was later found to be dealing methamphetamine following a brief pursuit Thursday.

Joshua Beck, 28, of Seymour faces preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended, possession of marijuana, driving without financial responsibility and possession of paraphernalia.

According to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, Officer Zach Elliott was patrolling in Cortland when he saw a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta being driven west on State Road 258 by a man later identified as Beck crossing the center lane into oncoming traffic several times.

Elliott attempted to pull Beck over, but Meyer said Beck sped up and began to drive recklessly.

After a 4-mile pursuit, Beck pulled over and was arrested without further incident, Meyer said.

During a search of the vehicle, police reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia, Meyer said.

The investigation also found Beck was traveling to meet someone to sell the methamphetamine, police said.

County officers Clint Burcham, Ben Rudolph and Joe Francis assisted with the investigation. Brownstown Police Department Officer Ryan Cherry also assisted.

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