Local man arrested after leading police on chase


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A Cortland man faces multiple charges after he fled from police in his vehicle Tuesday evening.

John Edwin Snyder, 37, was arrested for resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended with a prior suspension within 10 years, possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, reckless driving, criminal recklessness and damage to property of an agricultural operation.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, Crothersville Police Department Assistant Chief Jonathon Tabor said he attempted to stop a vehicle on West Main Street in town for speeding.

The vehicle then attempted to flee and went west on County Road 600S. The pursuit went through Dudleytown, through the county to U.S. 50 and into Seymour, where the vehicle traveled through a private farm lane to New Ford Road, Tabor said. The vehicle continued west to County Road 400E and into Cortland before going through several yards and a fence.

Tabor said the suspect continued driving at high rates of speed in the Cortland area until being stopped in a bean field northeast of that town. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Snyder.

Several firearms were located in the vehicle, including a 9mm pistol in the driver’s seat, Tabor said.

While in the field, Tabor said Snyder used his truck to ram Brownstown Police Department Officer John Amis and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Billy Dishman. Amis received an injury to his hand and was treated at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Snyder was placed under arrest and transported to Schneck for evaluation before being taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he was being held without bond. Police also determined Snyder had active warrants in Jennings and Lawrence counties.

Others assisting were Brownstown Chief Tom Hanner and Assistant Chief Joe Kelly, Sheriff Rick Meyer and Chief Deputy Dustin Steward, Sgt. Ben Rudolph, officers Kevin Settle, Justin Amos and Cy Moss and Detective J.L. McElfresh with the sheriff’s department.

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