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A Buffalo man is the second person charged following a high-speed pursuit through Polk County last week. 

According to online court records, John Douglas Claunch, born in 1991, is charged with class D felony unlawful possession of a firearm and class E felony tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution in Polk County Circuit Court. 

Claunch was a passenger in a silver Chrysler Sebring, driven by Terry Lee Fryman, that fled from Polk County deputies near Halfway late Tuesday night, May 28. 

The probable cause statement said deputies saw Claunch “roll down his window and extend his arm in a throwing motion toward the side of the road as if he was throwing something out of the window” during the pursuit. 

Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison previously told the BH-FP Fryman eventually crashed through a fence into a field at the dead end on South 172nd Road, east of Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Claunch fled on foot, eluding arrest, while Fryman was arrested by deputies after he was found “submerged under brush in a nearby creek,” Morrison said.  

The next day, after Fryman was released from jail on bond, deputies found Fryman and Claunch searching in a ditch with a metal detector in the area of South 218th Road where Tuesday’s pursuit began.  

The pair said “they were just enjoying the weather” and left the area, according to the statement.

Morrison said “it took all day,” but a team — which included Morrison, four detectives, a deputy and two civilians — found an item of interest.

While he declined to identify the item, Morrison said “it would’ve been dangerous if a child would’ve found it or if it would’ve gotten back into the wrong hands.”

Fryman, 45, of Bolivar is charged with class E felony resisting arrest and class E felony tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution in Polk County Circuit Court.

Claunch was issued a summons and is due in court Wednesday, June 26. 

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