MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released video showing a lengthy chase from Troy to Middletown last week.
State troopers say the driver, Kurtis Rogers, 19 of Dayton, led them on a high-speed chase with his headlights off on southbound I-75 for some 40 miles late on the evening of Jan. 6.
Rogers is charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failure to comply with police.
The pursuit began in Montgomery County about 11:30 p.m. when state troopers with the Dayton post tried to pull over his vehicle “after spotting some type of defect on it,” according to OSP dispatchers.
Instead of stopping, they say Rogers sped off and got onto the highway. He turned off the lights on his vehicle as he tried to get away and erratically drove down the highway with speeds hitting more than 100 mph at times.
Suspecting he may be impaired, troopers said it became too dangerous to end the pursuit and let him go so they chased him into Warren County.
Troopers threw down stop sticks along the way to try to deflate the tires on his vehicle to bring it to a halt.
Those punctured one tire and then a trooper used a “PIT maneuver” to bring Rogers’ car to a stop once and for all between the Franklin and Middletown exits.
A "PIT maneuver" is a pursuit tactic in which a law enforcement vehicle gets right up on the fleeing car and forces it to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
According to OSP, Rogers was not hurt but they still took him to get checked out at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was released and taken to jail.