Troubled Dallas Center man arrested Monday, again Tuesday

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John Robert Snyder, 37, of Dallas Center was arrested Monday on a charge of interference with official acts-bodily injury and Tuesday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Dallas Center man who was arrested Monday night for interference with official acts was arrested again about noon Tuesday when he was found stumbling shoeless along Iowa Highway 141 east of Perry.

John Robert Snyder, 37, of 18811 S Ave., Dallas Center, was charged Monday with interference with official acts-bodily injury and charged Tuesday with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Monday incident began about 7:45 p.m. when the Dallas County Sheriff’s office received a report of a suicidal male. Deputies responded to the 18800 block of S Avenue and made contact with Snyder, who was “intoxicated” and “unable to walk without stumbling around and having slurred speech,” according to court records.

Deputies talked with Snyder and “determined that he had consumed an unknown amount of his mom’s medication and consumed an unknown amount of alcohol.” The Dallas County EMS was paged to examine him.

While awaiting the arrival of paramedics, Snyder indicated “wanting to fight” with law enforcement, and he said “he could burn his whole property to the ground if he wanted,” according to court records. Snyder then “began to become violent,” posing a risk to deputies, his mother and himself in the judgment of law enforcement.

“Snyder threw a glass bottle of a condiment sauce on the floor, shattering it all over and causing a mess,” according to court records. “Snyder then started throwing chairs and attempted to flip over a dining room table, knocking everything on the table on the ground.”

When deputies tried to detain Snyder in order to prevent his breaking more items in the house, he resisted and “was taken to the ground to prevent him from throwing punches” at the deputies.

He continued to struggle after being placed in handcuffs, “kicking and shoving” the deputies until he “was placed on the ground until EMS could arrive.” Snyder was arrested and transported to the Dallas County Jail, where “it was determined Snyder consumed 25-50 Ativan medication and drank a bottle of whiskey so the jail refused to book him in until he was medically cleared,” according to court records.

Snyder was transported to the Dallas County Hospital, where he again “became violent by refusing to get and stay on his bed” and “started kicking” a deputy “and the chairs inside the room.” He was once again “restrained on the floor” by the deputy with the assistance of hospital staff and eventually “calmed down enough for hospital staff to draw blood for testing.”

A deputy sustained a small cut on his left thumb and was kicked several times in seeking to restrain Snyder.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s office received a report about noon Tuesday that a male was seen “stumbling while he was walking” along Iowa Highway 141. A deputy responded and made contact with the male, who was Snyder. It is unknown what transpired between the time of his treatment at the Dallas County Hospital Monday night and his encounter with law enforcement at midday Tuesday.

The responding deputy found Snyder “walking on the roadway with no shoes on,” according to court records. Snyder asked the deputy for a ride, and the deputy agreed but said he “would need to do a pat down” before Snyder got into the deputy’s patrol car.

The pat down allegedly disclosed “a multicolored glass pipe with burnt residue in it,” leading to Snyder’s arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Snyder is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $1,300 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance Wednesday in Dallas County District Court.

Snyder was convicted of interference with official acts-bodily injury in 2005 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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