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East Freedom man faces drug, fleeing charges

Snyder arrested after traffic stop

An East Freedom man is behind bars after police said he tried to run from officers after a traffic stop on Plank Road.

Ronnie V. Snyder, 27, of East Freedom was taken into custody about 2 a.m. Thursday, after he jumped from a Chevrolet SUV and started running from Allegheny Township police when he was pulled over for a broken brake light, according to the charges.

An officer had spotted Snyder’s girlfriend with a man in the parking lot of Walmart, and because they had encountered her earlier in the day while trying to locate Snyder, who as wanted on a Blair County Sheriff’s warrant, police staked out the store. Police said the man, who turned out to be Snyder, kept his head down when he walked out of Walmart and past police. When he drove onto Plank Road, police pulled over the SUV near Sellers Drive.

Snyder jumped out and ran before he was caught by an officer. Police said Snyder continued to resist being handcuffed until more officers arrived.

Police said Snyder was carrying a backpack and a search of his possessions allegedly turned up three bags of marijuana, 2 grams of suspected cocaine, 2.77 grams of suspected methamphetamine, four Adderall pills, Suboxone strips, unused sandwich bags, two cellphones and a digital scale.

Snyder was taken to Blair County Prison on the bench warrant and booked on felony and misdemeanor drug charges along with misdemeanor resisting arrest and flight to avoid prosecution. Bail was set Thursday at $20,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones, and Snyder is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Matt Dunio for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 30.

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