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Chautauqua man jailed after pursuit

Photo by Jason Petkov Police are pictured on Interstate 90 on Wednesday with a vehicle reported stolen from a car dealership in Jamestown. A pursuit ended on the thruway near Ripley after it went the wrong way on I-90.

A town of Chautauqua man is facing a host of charges after police say he stole an SUV and led officers on a high-speed chase that included driving the wrong way on Interstate 90.

Jerome Rogerson, 27, of Beech Hill Road, was jailed following the vehicles pursuits Wednesday. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said it received word from the Jamestown Police Department of a vehicle stolen from a Washington Street Kia dealership.

Police were able to quickly trace the theft to the Chautauqua man because, according to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, he left a relative’s car at the dealership. He took the plates off the relative’s car and attached them to the stolen SUV.

Rogerson and the Kia were reported to be in the Dewittville area Wednesday morning before deputies and New York state troopers spotted them on Route 60 in the town of Dunkirk.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said Rogerson “attempted to evade police” by traveling west in the eastbound lane of the interstate.

“Due to the high risk to public safety the pursuit was terminated,” the Sheriff’s Office announced. “A short time later, deputies located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed west in the westbound lane.”

The pursuit went through the towns of Portland and Westfield, as well as Ripley, where Rogerson allegedly used the SUV to strike two Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles. The Kia then lost control and went down an embankment, “rendering him unable to drive any further,” the news release stated.

Rogerson, with the assistance of K-9 Drake, was taken into custody. He was transported to Chautauqua County Jail on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property and driving while ability impaired by drugs, along with a “multitude of traffic violations.” He was set to be arraigned at the county jail.

Samuelson said Rogerson will face additional charges of third-degree burglary and larceny for entering the Kia dealership and taking the vehicle. He is expected to be in Jamestown City Court for arraignment on those charges today.

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