Wednesday Afternoon Vehicle Pursuit in Michigan Ends in Steuben County
Thursday, March 19, 2020

FREMONT, IN - According to the Steuben County Sheriff's Department, officers with their department responded to the area of I-69 and the Indiana/Michigan state line for a request to assist Michigan authorities with a vehicle pursuit Wednesday afternoon.

Reports indicate a black 2004 GMC Envoy was fleeing southbound on I-69 approaching Steuben County just before 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival in that area, several Steuben County Deputies, along with the assistance of the Fremont Police Department set up stop sticks in an attempt to safely end the chase.

Authorities say the fleeing vehicle made contact with the stop sticks just after entering Steuben County. The vehicle continued southbound for nearly a mile at a high rate of speed before leaving the roadway near the 356 mile marker and rolling over multiple times. Responding units located 2 occupants.

The driver was identified as 31 year old John Michael Snook of Angola (IN). The second person in the vehicle was a passenger, 27 year old Brittany Patricia Fraley of Hamilton (IN). Both Snook and Fraley were transported by Steuben County EMS in serious, but stable condition to a Fort Wayne area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Snook was also taken into custody by the Indiana State Police on an outstanding Steuben County arrest warrant. Once released from the hospital, Snook will be booked into the Steuben County Jail on the outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant, and likely undergo court proceedings to be extradited back to the state of Michigan to face additional felony criminal charges.

The original Michigan incident remains under investigation by the Kalamazoo (MI) Department of Public Safety and no further details are available at this time.

Assisting the Steuben County Sheriff's Department at the scene were the Fremont Police, Angola Police, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police, Branch County (MI) Sheriff's Office, Kalamazoo (MI) Department of Public Safety, Fremont Fire Department, and Steuben County EMS.


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