A 47-year-old man tried to get away from police by jumping out of a second-story window in Biddeford on Monday, but was arrested after he landed on ice and hurt himself, police said.

Jamison Snyder

Maine State Police troopers and local police were checking several locations in the Biddeford area for Jamison Snyder, who was recently released from state prison but was believed to have violated probation conditions, according to police.

People told police that Snyder was acting strangely and was believed to be under the influence of drugs. About 6 p.m., the investigation led to a second-floor apartment on Main Street.

A woman initially would not open the door to that apartment, saying she needed to get dressed. However, an officer watching a rear second-floor window saw Snyder jump from the apartment to the ground.

Snyder landed on ice and was found bleeding from his head, state police said.

Officers stunned him with a Taser because he refused repeated demands to show his hands, police said.

Once in custody, officers found a plastic baggy containing suspected heroin or fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine, police said. Officers also found he was carrying a large sum of cash.

Snyder was treated for his injuries at Maine Medical Center under police guard and will be transferred to the York County Jail, where he will face a new charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, in addition to his alleged probation violation.

Snyder was convicted in 2017 of trafficking in scheduled drugs, a felony, and was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but 20 months suspended, according to the Department of Corrections. He has roughly seven years left on his sentence, police said.

Snyder ran from police in York County at least once before, when Saco officers stopped a car he was traveling in and tried to arrest him for allegedly violating the conditions of his bail.

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