COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Leesburg man arrested last week on drug charges following a car chase with law enforcement was in court Monday morning.
Roger Shreve, 52 is charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended and resisting law enforcement by fleeing following an incident that began with a police-monitored drug buy Feb. 7.
Whitley Circuit Court Judge James Heuer entered pleas of not guilty on all six charges on Shreveâ€™s behalf during an initial hearing today and granted Shreveâ€™s request for a public defender.
Public Defender Brad Voelz was assigned to represent Shreve, who is scheduled for a pre-trial conference March 14 at 9 a.m. in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Shreve is currently being held in the Whitley County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop after an alleged methamphetamine deal in-volving Shreve.
Shreve reportedly fled in his vehicle and was pursued.
The chase, according to police, came to an end at Park Terrace Heights Apartments when Shreve crashed his vehicle into a snow bank.
Police say he then fled on foot, but was apprehended by Deputy Randy Dellinger near the back of the apartment complex and taken into custody.
According to Heuer, if found guilty of dealing methamphetamine, a Class A felony, Shreve could receive up to 50 years in prison.