Suspects Flight Leads Officers on Chase - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/03

Suspects Flight Leads Officers on Chase

Just after three o'clock Monday, Lubbock Narcotics Officers were on a stake out preparing a search warrant when they were spotted. Three people walked out of the house, William Edward Rogers and Jason Lee Cook got into an SUV, but later surrendered to police. A third suspect thirty four year old James Edward Rodgers fled the scene and that's when the chase began.

NewsChannel 11 cameras caught much of the chase on tape. Rodgers was driving a white Ford truck as police followed him. He drove at high rates of speed, through his neighborhood, through a cotton field, through school zones and onto Loop 289 heading the wrong way.

"During the chase the driver was traveling, swerving all over the roadway and a great deal of times was going against traffic," said LPD Spokesman Bill Morgan.

During the 27 minutes chase police say he was swerving all over the road. "He apparently was swerving to shake the items out of the bed of the pickup truck, which to my information included all the items necessary, a full meth laboratory," Morgan said.

The chase ended when Rodgers lost control of his truck and slammed into an electrical pole. He attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by DPS and LPD officers. Rodgers was taken to University Medical Center for minor injuries, but has since been released into police custody.

Police confiscated approximately two kilos of meth, with a street value of about $2,000. Now Rodgers faces several charges, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance over 400 grams, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance 4-200 grams, possession of chemicals and intent to manufacture meth amphetamines, evading arrest or detention possession of a prohibited weapon, and deadly conduct.

Rodgers will not be arraigned until Tuesday, and because of his charges no bond will be set right away. Amazingly, police say there were no traffic accidents during the high speed chase just a few people run off the road, and no one else was hurt.

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