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Man arrested after two pursuits in three counties, ending in Middletown

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 10:51:11-05

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — UPDATE @ 6:55 a.m.:

Kurtis Lee Rogers, 19, of Dayton, has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail after leading law enforcement on two pursuits in a row, beginning in Troy and ending on I-75 near Middletown, according to the Journal-News.

Rogers only has two charges listed: driving while under the influence and failing to comply with police orders.

UPDATE @ 2:02 a.m.:

One man is in custody and I-75 has reopened after two separate pursuits across Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties that ultimately ended near Middletown.

State troopers deployed spike strips and used the PIT maneuver to try to stop a reckless driver in two different law enforcement pursuits, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol officials on the scene.

The suspect was Kurtis Lee Rogers, 19, of Dayton, according to Troy Police Sgt. Dominic Burnside.

Burnside said that late yesterday an officer saw the PT Cruiser near Main Street and South Dorset Street in Troy with an equipment violation and tried to pull it over. The PT Cruiser then took an illegal U-turn, turned off its lights, and got on the interstate, he said.

Troy police units pursued the vehicle for a short distance down I-75 South before ending the chase. Burnside said they ended the pursuit because the original reason for pulling over the PT Cruiser was so minor and there were rising safety concerns.

However, law enforcement continued to receive reports of a reckless driver on I-75, and other agencies restarted the pursuit in Montgomery County using information provided by Troy Police.

The suspect vehicle then continued south on I-75, with the driver holding a pipe out the window that made it look like he had a shotgun, according to OSHP officials.

State troopers deployed spike traps to pop the suspect vehicle’s tires, though officials said that two other vehicles ran over the traps, which popped their tires as well.

A state trooper later used a PIT maneuver to stop the PT Cruiser. They were able to take the suspect into custody.

Burnside said that Rogers would be taken to Miami Valley Hospital to be checked for any injuries, and then taken to jail. The trooper that performed the PIT maneuver was not injured.

Burnside said that Rogers would face traffic violations and felony fleeing and eluding charges in Miami County, and would likely have similar charges from the other agencies involved in the pursuit.

UPDATE @ 1:08 a.m.:

All but the right-hand lane of southbound I-75 have reopened as crews work to tow away the suspect vehicle, according to OSHP dispatch records.

Records also said that there were no injuries in the pursuit.

INITIAL REPORT:

Much of southbound I-75 is blocked near state Route 122 in Middletown after a pursuit that began in Miami County finally came to an end, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers.

A News Center 7 reporter and Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs driving past the scene both said that they saw a vehicle with heavy damage facing the wrong way and a OSHP vehicle with damage to its front end.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with any new information.