Jennings County deputy, 2 others arrested after fight during memorial bike ride
JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016) – A fight during a memorial motorcycle ride in August 2015 led to the arrest of a Jennings County sheriff’s deputy and two other men.
The disturbance happened in Butlerville, according to Indiana State Police. Authorities were called to investigate a case of battery on Aug. 8, 2015, at the Butlerville Grocery Store. Jason Earl said he was battered by Jennings County deputy Cody Low, Low’s father-in-law Jeffery Royse and Jeremy Littrell.
Police said Royse became agitated after Earl urinated in front of Royse’s wife, leading him to batter Earl. After that, police said Low and Littrell confronted Earl about the incident and battered him. Earl suffered injuries in both instances, police said.
Since Low is a deputy with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor, who ultimately decided to charge Low, Royse and Littrell in connection with the incident.
Charges against Low, 26, include battery and public intoxication. Royse, 43, was charged with battery with bodily injury. Littrell was charged with strangulation and public intoxication. Earl was cited for public intoxication and will have to appear in court on that charge, police said.
Low is still employed by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department but currently has some time off. When he returns, he’ll be reassigned to the jail pending the outcome of the case.