Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Clay County Sheriff's Deputy James Switzer attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling eastbound on State Road 42.
According to information provided by the CCSD, the driver, Philip Matthew Reed, 28, did not stop and left at a high rate of speed, with Switzer initially following. But weather and road conditions were too bad for the speed necessary to pursue, so the deputy called off the pursuit and followed at a distance watching the vehicle's taillights until it turned north on County Road 500 E.
Traveling about two miles north, Switzer saw the lights of the vehicle off the road.
Reed apparently lost control of his vehicle, which officials believe rolled approximately six times before coming to a stop in the cornfield.
Reed and his wife, whose name was not released by authorities, sustained bruising from wearing seatbelts, which helped officials determine who was driving when the two were not forthcoming with Switzer.
Only minor injuries were reported, but Reed's wife was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital to be checked out for safety precautions.
Reed was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center, where he was booked on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and being a habitual traffic offender.
A routine criminal background check during the booking process led to an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon from the Clay County Prosecutor's Office because a shotgun was found inside Reed's vehicle at the scene. He was also formally charged with operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life.
Reed remained incarcerated at the jail on a $25,000 cash bond as of Friday evening.
Members of Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare assisted at the scene.