A Taser gun was used to subdue a threatening Jackson County man who fled the scene of a Sunday afternoon accident on Interstate 65 near Columbus, police said.
Jonathan Voss, 22, of 198 State Road 11 North, Seymour, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and resisting law enforcement.
Voss attempted to flee after his northbound green minivan was involved in a 1:15 p.m. accident two miles north of the State Road 46 interchange, according to Bartholomew County Deputy Sheriff Maj. Todd Noblitt. But a number of witnesses who saw the heavily damaged van trying to escape on a bald tire rim followed him, Noblitt said.
By the time Voss reached the northbound rest park, Sgt. Dean Johnson of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department was also on the scene. Johnson, as well as some witnesses, followed the minivan into the rest park, Noblitt said.
As Johnson was questioning the suspect, Voss reportedly said that he was on a mission from God to find a ship, according to the deputy sheriff.
“It was some extremely bizarre behavior,” Noblitt said.
As the questioning continued, Voss became less cooperative with the officer and eventually took an aggressive fighting stance, Noblitt said. At that time, Johnson stunned him with his Taser and ended the suspect’s resistance, Noblitt said.
As of Monday afternoon, Voss was still being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Both arrest charges are misdemeanors.
Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, are filed against Voss.