By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
A wanted Terre Haute man was arrested after leading police on a pursuit that ended when the suspect crashed his pickup truck in a wooded area and into a body of water in eastern Vigo County this afternoon.
Kenneth Rogers, 35, was booked into the Vigo County Jail after being transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the crash. He is charged with resisting law enforcement in vehicle- a Level 6 felony;
Vigo Co. warrant for conversion - a Class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief - a Class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving - a Class A misdemeanor.
Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Mattern and Sgt. Kris Fitzgerald were patrolling together in northern Vigo County around 4:30 p.m.
ISP Sgt. Matt Ames said they were attempting to serve an active warrant for Rogers on conversion out of Vigo County to a residence and noticed Rogers driving a white truck, traveling eastbound on US 40 in Seelyville, a short time later.
Rogers disregarded the fully marked patrol car with emergency lights activated and fled the area.
The suspect attempted to turn south onto Main Street, when his truck struck a stop sign, becoming stuck on a guide wire of a utility pole.
The officers exited the patrol car in attempt to take him into custody. However, Rogers was able to free the truck and continue fleeing at high rate of speed.
"Rogers made some evasive driving maneuvers and began to travel south, reaching speeds as high as 85 miles per hour," Ames said.
The pursuit evenually ended on Struble Avenue, just west of Tabertown Road, after Rogers reportedly failed to negotiate a sharp curve.
The suspect vehicle left the roadway, crashing into a line of trees and into a small body of water. Ames said Rogers then exited the truck and attempted to hide in the water. Rogers was located in the water and arrested.
The Vigo County Sheriff's Department, Trans Careand Seelyville Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
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