Man arrested after leading police on 100 mph chase

October 25, 2013 

— A man who was spotted driving the wrong way on the interstate was arrested early Friday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase.

Witnesses called 911 at 3:22 a.m. after seeing Rojelio M. Rojas, 47, headed eastbound on westbound I-84. Meridian Police officers found the car near the intersection of Cherry Lane and Ten Mile Road.

But when an officer attempted to pull Rojas over, he sped away, according to Sgt. Brian Caldwell.

“Speeds reached over 100 mph heading down Cherry,” he said. “He would turn his lights on and off during the pursuit in an attempt to lose us.”

The chase was soon joined by deputies from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Boise Police Department. Police attempted to use road spikes to slow Rojas down.

Although the suspect already had one flat tire, he managed to dodge the first set of spikes, Caldwell said. Officers kept trying.

“Boise Police Department succefully spiked him and ended up getting one or two of his tires,” he said.

But Rojas kept going.

It was not until the man attempted to turn from Fairview Avenue onto Cole Road that the chase came to a halt, Caldwell said. Rojas lost control as he rounded the corner, and crashed into a curb.

Rojas, who was not hurt in the crash, was arrested at the scene, Caldwell said. He was charged with felony eluding police and DUI, and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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