LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Two people are behind bars after an alleged multistate pursuit with Indiana State Police ended in Louisville.
The pursuit began around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Maple Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana, when ISP said troopers attempted to stop James Rodgers, 47, because his car, an SUV with a trailer hauling lumber, didn't have a license plate. Rodgers fled and reportedly side-swiped a trooper's vehicle during the chase. The trooper continued the pursuit and was checked out for a possible minor injury from the collision, according to ISP Public Information Officer Carey Huls.
A passenger in Rodgers' car also reportedly brandished a firearm at a trooper, police said.
Rodgers led officers into Jefferson County around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Louisville Metro Police Department. LMPD provided support to ISP once Rodgers entered Kentucky, and his vehicle came to a stop in the 5300 block of Cane Run Road. Both Rodgers and the passenger, whose identity was not released, were taken into custody without incident, police said.
ISP is seeking extradition of both the passenger and Rodgers, who was wanted on a felony warrant for second-degree escape. LMPD charged Rodgers with wanton endangerment but did not charge the passenger of the vehicle. Rodgers' charges in Indiana are pending, Huls said.
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