A Lawrence County man who failed to pay for his fuel Tuesday afternoon at a Brownstown convenience store was arrested after an hour in a wooded area west of the county seat.
Cody Lee Jent, 26, of Bedford was charged with theft and two counts of resisting law enforcement from an incident that began at 2:15 p.m. when a clerk at a gas station told Jackson County Officer Adam Nicholson that a man in a red Dodge Durango had failed to pay for his fuel.
Nicholson said in his report he had seen the man in the truck as he drove away from the Energy Plus station on Commerce Street (U.S. 50) on the west side of Brownstown.
Nicholson said he had located the truck about a mile west of the county seat and pursued it.
The driver of the truck, later identified as Jent, failed to stop and turned north off of U.S. 50 onto County Road 350W and traveled about a quarter of a mile before stopping, Nicholson said.
At that point, Nicholson said the driver went north on foot into a wooded area and the man had been ordered to drop an black object he had in his hand.
he man refused to drop the item and police assumed he may have been armed, Nicholson said.
Sheriff Michael Carothers and other county officers including Lt. Darin Downs, officers Rob Henley and Rick Meyer, and county Reserve Officer Brent Terry arrived in the area along with Brownstown officers John Long and John Reichenbacker and Chief Tom Hanner.
Long went to the north end of the woods and saw the male step out of the woods and then duck back in and head south.
County detectives Bob Lucas, Tom Barker and Ben Rudolph also arrived to help with the search. While searching and completing an inventory of the Durango, Lucas learned Jent was wanted out of Lawrence County for battery causing serious bodily injury and the license plate on the Durango had been stolen from Florence, Kentucky.
Seymour Officer Adam Surface also brought his dog to the woods and an Indiana State Police helicopter was called to assist although the canopy of the woods was too thick to look for Jent from the air, Nicholson said.
A search of the wooded area conducted by Surface and other officers eventually led to the discovery and arrest of Jent, Nicholson said.
A review of the dash camera in Nicholson’s squad car showed the item Jent was carrying at the time he fled his vehicle was possibly a wallet.
Jent was transported by jail commander Charlie Murphy and booked into the Jackson County Jail at 6:01 p.m. Tuesday.
Jent is being held without bond at this time pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.