Traffic Stop Leads to Foot Chase

Robert Eugene SnyderGRANTS PASS, Ore. — An officer with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety stopped a pickup for a traffic violation where the passenger was not wearing a seat belt Saturday morning. The passenger, later identified as Robert Eugene Snyder, provided a false name to the officer when exiting the vehicle. Police say Snyder then ran off on foot, attempting to hide in a nearby yard.

Snyder was quickly located and ignored officers commands. Police say he attempted to run away a second time, but was subdued using a Taser. Snyder was taken into custody without further incident.

Police discovered Snyder’s real name and that he had several felony warrants out of Crescent City, Calif. The investigation also revealed that Snyder was in possession of forged checks, stolen mail and a credit card from local addresses. Snyder was also in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, according to police.

Neither Snyder nor any police officers were injured during the incident. Snyder may be charged with additional crimes pending further investigation.

Snyder was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County jail on his warrants and the new charges.

This case is still under investigation with potential for further local charges, based on the evidence located at the scene and on Snyder’s person. Police believe Snyder is associated with several crimes in Grants Pass, Josephine County and the Medford area.