Traffic stop leads to winding story of unpaid bar tab, church sex and battery

Christopher Alan Snyder

Christopher Alan Snyder

A Marco Island police officer who stopped a speeding pickup unraveled a couple's story of an early morning that included an unpaid bar tab, intercourse in a church parking lot, domestic battery, a kidnapping threat and drug possession, according to an arrest report.

Around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, an officer stopped a Chevrolet pickup for driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone on the 1400 block of North Collier Boulevard, a report said. The officer said the driver, Christopher A. Snyder, 46, had an unbuttoned shirt and messy hair and a female passenger was pulling up her pants. When asked about her nervousness, the woman told the officer she had been battered.

Another officer arrived and said he recognized the couple as having fought earlier that night outside a hotel bar about not being able to pay for their drinks.

When questioned further about the battery, the woman told officers that she and Snyder left the bar to have sex in the parking lot of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd. After sex, the couple began fighting when the woman asked Snyder if he had had sex with anyone else recently, according to an arrest report.

Snyder pulled out of the parking lot and began hitting her face and head and grabbing her neck, she told police. According to the woman, Snyder told her he didn't care if there was a cop nearby and said he would "drive her into the Everglades to get rid of her."

When asked about the bruises, scratches and puffiness to the woman's face, Snyder denied hitting her and told police she "likes rough sex."

While conducting inventory of the truck before towing it from the scene, officers found a glass pipe and 2.5 grams of marijuana, an arrest report said. Snyder told officers the drugs weren't his but said he would take the blame because he didn't want anyone else to get in trouble.

Snyder, of the 2600 block of River Reach Drive, East Naples, faces charges of domestic battery, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and unlawful speed.

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