A man wanted on a Shelby County warrant was arrested after a Friday afternoon pursuit ended in a pond.
Bartholomew County Deputy Daniel Dawson initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of State Road 46 and E State St. The vehicle was known to law enforcement as being driven by a Benjamin Munn, 48, of Flat Rock.
Munn had an active warrant for failure to appear on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon issued by Shelby County. Munn’s serious violent felon status stems from a voluntary manslaughter conviction in Brown County from a 2012 arrest.
Munn initially stopped the vehicle. However, after being ordered to exit the vehicle he sped away from the scene. Law enforcement pursued Munn until he exited the roadway near the intersection of Taylor Road and Waycross Drive. Munn’s vehicle traveled down a slight downhill in the lawn of a residence then crashed into the pond in the Sandy Hook neighborhood.
Munn exited the vehicle and was taken into custody as he came to shore. He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for routine medical clearance then transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he remains in custody.
Munn has been charged with Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 felony; Criminal Mischief, Level 6 felony, Reckless Driving B – Misdemeanor and with the outstanding Shelby County warrant.
The Bartholomew County Water Rescue Dive Team along with conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources were called to the scene to recover the vehicle. The vehicle was removed from the pond after a several hour long recovery operation.
The Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team consists of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Township Fire Department.