Chase in Wheaton leads to arrest

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

27-year-old had warrant for assaulting autistic man

A Springfield man was arrested recently after a pursuit beginning in Wheaton ended on Highway HH in Newton County.

Jacob Rogers, 27, of Springfield, is charged with felony resisting arrest in one case, and third-degree assault on a special victim in a second.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Clinton Clark, Wheaton police chief, Rogers was driving a Ford Taurus through Wheaton, and Clark attempted to stop and arrest him for multiple warrants.

Clark said Rogers fled north on Highway 86, then west on Highway HH, where the chase ended and he was taken into custody. Clark said speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour during the pursuit, and several cars had to pull over to avoid being hit.

"His car started smoking about three miles north of town, and he made it to Newton County, about three miles west of Fairview on Highway HH, before the motor blew," Clark said. "He bailed out into a field and I took him into custody there."

Rogers had a warrant in Barry County for the third-degree assault, and warrants in Greene County for assault on a law enforcement officer, felony property damage and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Bill Watkins, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Rogers assaulted a man in Wheaton on Jan. 2. The victim was sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle belonging to a relative of Rogers, and Rogers allegedly walked to the door and punched the victim in the face.

According to a neuropsychological evaluation from March 2010, the victim had signs of autistic disorder, depressive disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, which led to the assault on a special victim charge.

Rogers is being held in the Barry County jail on two bonds -- $4,900 cash only for resisting arrest, and $1,000 for the assault. He was arraigned for the assault on Friday, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

A court date has yet to be set in the resisting arrest case.

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