Indiana Conservation Officers apprehend parole suspect after chases, fight

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with multiple other local law enforcement agencies, apprehended a suspect after he jumped into the White River at Rockford Dam in Seymour on July 4th afternoon.

While performing routine license checks in the area of the Dam, ICO Blake Everhart made contact with the suspect, Gregory A. Smith, 29, of Seymour. After ICO Everhart identified that Smith had outstanding warrant for a parole violation and attempted to place Smith into custody, Smith jumped into the White River to evade arrest.

ICO Cpl. Nathan Berry responded with an airboat to assist in the search for Smith along with responders from other agencies. After nearly three hours, Smith was located and again fought with officers while on the riverbank as the officers attempted to detain him. Smith jumped into the River again after a second foot pursuit with conservation officers and was eventually taken into custody by ICO Everhart and Cpl. Berry.

Smith was transported and booked into the Jackson County Jail on current charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and will be awaiting extradition on the outstanding parole warrant.

Agencies assisting at the scene were the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and Seymour Police Department.


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