Wanted Man in Custody after Pursuit
On August 8th, 2017 around 2:00 PM, Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Nicholson stopped at the Energy Plus gas station on the west side of Brownstown for fuel. The attendant on duty came out and told Nicholson a male subject had just left without paying for gas in a red Dodge Durango, and it was headed west on US Highway 50.
Nicholson had seen the vehicle prior to arriving at the gas station but was unaware that he had not paid for fuel. Nicholson located the Durango about a mile west of Brownstown on US 50 and attempted to stop it. The driver of the Durango refused to stop, and turned north on County Road 350 West. After 1/4 mile north on 350 West the driver stopped and fled on foot.
Nicholson gave chase when the subject fled into a thick woods, and Nicholson lost sight. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers, deputies Rob Henley, Darin Downs, Rick Meyer, and Reserve deputy Brent Terry were quick to arrive, along with Brownstown officers John Long, John Reichenbacker, and Brownstown Chief Tom Hanner.
Brownstown officer Long went to the north end of the woods, where he saw the male suspect step out from the wood line, and duck back into the woods headed south. A perimeter was set up around the woods so the male subject couldn't escape. Nicholson stated the suspect was carrying something black in color in his left hand when he fled, and had been ordered to drop it.
The male refused to drop the object and at that point was considered to be armed. Jackson County detectives Bob Lucas, Tom Barker and Ben Rudolph arrived on scene to assist.
During detective Lucas' inventory of the red Dodge Durango it was learned the male subject in question was Cody L. Jent, 26, of Bedford, Indiana. Jent has an outstanding warrant in Lawrence County, Indiana for Battery resulting in bodily injury. It was also learned that the license plate on the red Durango was stolen from Florence, Kentucky.
Seymour officer Adam Surface came to the scene to assist with his K-9, along with State Police Officers, Conservation officers, and a State police helicopter. The helicopter made several attempts by flying over the wooded area, but it was too thick for them to see the suspect.
A Seymour police K-9 was then used to search the woods, and Jent was located after about 1 hour into the search.
After a review of Nicholson's dash-camera video it is believed the black object Jent was carrying was possibly a wallet.
Jackson County Jail Commander Charlie Murphy transported Jent to the Jail where he is being held on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement, Theft, and Possession of Stolen Property. He is also being held on the Lawrence County Warrant.