On 1/13/2022 at 1608 hrs. NCPD responded to the area of Route 724 (AKA W. Schuylkill Rd.) and Catfish Lane for the report of a one vehicle crash. Prior to arrival, police were advised that the operator and sole occupant, later identified as Benjamin Lawrence Snyder, the defendant, had exited the vehicle and was attempting to leave the scene. It was reported that the defendant had stated that he had warrants for his arrest.
Upon police arrival, officers made contact with the defendant who was detained pending confirmation of an active arrest warrant issued for the defendant out of Bucks Co. Through the course of the investigation, the defendant was found to be in possession of a fully loaded 9mm handgun as well as a plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine. It was found that the defendant is not licensed to carry a firearm and is prohibited from owning/possessing a firearm. The defendant was transported to Pottstown Police Department for housing until video arraignment.
The defendant was taken before on-call DJ Smith of District Court 15-1-02 for the video arraignment. DJ Smith set bail in the amount of $20,000.00 cash and made the defendant aware of the active warrant out of Bucks County. A preliminary hearing was held on 1/27/2022 at 0900 hrs. before DJ Hipple at District Court 15-3-01 and all charges were held and bound over to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. The defendant was remanded to Chester Co. Prison.