Prosecution: Suspect in high-speed chase admitted drug use

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 28, 2013 

— A Boise man was under the influence of antidepressant and antipsychotic medications when he led police on a high-speed chase Friday, prosecutors said.

Roy Martinez Rojas, 48, is charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor driving under the influence. Police say he was spotted driving the wrong way on Interstate 84 with his headlights off.

Meridian police officers caught up to the car at the intersection of Cherry Lane and Ten Mile Road, but Rojas reportedly sped away when they attempted to pull him over.

Police used spike strips in an attempt to slow the suspect down, but he continued even when three of the car’s tires flattened.

The chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph before Rojas crashed into a curb and was arrested, police said.

At Rojas’ arraignment Monday, prosecutors said he later admitted to officers that he had taken the medications Haldol and Trazodone before getting behind the wheel.

Prosecutors asked Judge Thomas Watkins to set bond at $100,000, citing Rojas' past criminal history. Rojas has convictions for battery from 2012 and second-degree kidnapping from 1998.

But Rojas’ defense attorney argued for a much lower bond of $5,000. Rojas, a disabled Army veteran who previously worked at Gowen Field, has two children in the area and other ties to Ada County, the defense argued.

Watkins set bond at $25,000. Rojas is set to appear in court again at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8.

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