VIGO CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say on Monday, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Trooper Andrew Mattern and Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald were patrolling together in northern Vigo County. While patrolling, they attempted to serve an active warrant for conversion out of Vigo County to a residence. The warrant was for a Kenneth Rogers, 35, of Terre Haute, IN. Being unable to locate Rogers at his residence, Trooper Mattern and Sergeant Fitzgerald continued to patrol and observed Rogers driving a white truck, traveling eastbound on US 40 in Seelyville, IN. Trooper Mattern then attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Rogers disregarded the fully marked State Police patrol car with it’s emergency lights activated and accelerated. A pursuit then ensued.
The white truck, driven by Rogers, traveled eastbound on US 40 to 2nd Street and attempted to turn south onto Main Street. During the course of the turn, Rogers’ truck struck a stop sign, getting stuck on a guide wire of a utility pole. Due to the fact that the truck was stuck on the guide wire, Trooper Mattern and Sergeant Fitzgerald exited their vehicle and attempted to place Rogers into custody. As both officers approached, Rogers continued his attempts to free the truck, eventually having success. Once the truck was free, Rogers made some evasive driving maneuvers and began to travel south on Struble Avenue, reaching speeds as high as 85 miles per hour. The pursuit ended on Struble Avenue, just west of Tabertown Road, when Rogers failed to negotiate a sharp curve and continued traveling straight, driving into a line of trees and into a small body of water. Rogers then exited the truck and attempted to hide in the water. Trooper Mattern and Sergeant Fitzgerald were able to locate Rogers in the water, placing him into custody without any further incident. Rogers was taken to Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Upon Rogers’ release from Regional Hospital, he was transported to the Vigo County Jail.
Kenneth Rogers, 35, Terre Haute, IN
Resisting Law Enforcement in Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
Conversion, Class A Misdemeanor (Vigo County Warrant)
Criminal Mischief, Class A Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor