Man captured in Peru wanted on warrant in Kosciusko County

A wanted man out of Kosciusko County was captured in Peru.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, Peru Police were dispatched to the area of U.S. 24 ad State Road 19 for a suspicious man walking and waving a flashlight at passing vehicles. John Drudge, 54, was not cooperative when approached by officers who would later determine he was wanted on a Kosciusko County active warrant.

Drudge fled from officers and into a field when confronted about the warrant. He then contacted Miami County Central Dispatch and told dispatchers that he was armed with a knife and would not surrender to officers.

Peru Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police searched the area and located Drudge hiding in a yard on County Road 175 East. As officers approached Drudge placed a knife to his throat and refused to follow officers orders. Officers used their Tasers and were able to safely take Drudge into custody.

Drudge was taken to Dukes Memorial Hospital for treatment. Peru Police say that Drudge became combative with officers while at the hospital and injured an officer by kicking him in the face.  Drudge was then transported to the Miami County Jail where he was booked on charges of resisting law enforcement while drawing a deadly weapon, battery on a public safety official and intimidation. All are Level 6 felonies.  He’s also charged with disorderly conduct and a Kosciusko County warrant for invasion or privacy.