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Police field chase results in 2 arrests


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A Columbus man wanted for violating his probation led police on a Sunday car chase through two open fields, police said.

Travis J. Sneed, 19, of 41 S. Hinman St. was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while suspended.

Sneed was originally sought on a warrant for violating his parole on a July 2012 charge of receiving stolen property, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, Officer Troy Love pulled over Sneed’s 1994 Ford Mustang near the intersection of State and Hinman streets for a traffic stop. But as Love approached the car on foot, the Mustang sped away south on Hinman, Myers said.

As the officer pursued the Mustang down the dead-end street, Sneed turned west onto a gravel road, nearly struck a barn and hit a parked truck, Myers said. Afterward, the chase went through a wheat field, continued south on

Beatty Lane and came to an end when Sneed stopped his car several hundred yards inside a cornfield, Myers said.

While Sneed was being searched, he told arresting officers he had swallowed methamphetamine just prior to the stop, Myers said. But after paramedics arrived to examine him, Sneed admitted he lied about ingesting the drug, Myers said

Officers, however, did find drug paraphernalia while searching Sneed’s passenger.

Jenice N. Joy, 21, of 2912 Whitehorse Road, Nashville, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of syringes, which is a Class D felony. She remains in the Bartholomew County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Bond for Sneed, who faces two Class D felony arrest charges and three misdemeanors as well as the warrant, was set at $73,500. He also remains behind bars.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

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