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WOOSTER – A man was arrested Friday morning and taken to Wayne County jail on multiple felony warrants after leading authorities on a mult-county chase that ended in an injury accident in Wayne County.

Roger L. Rader, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls was taken to Wayne County Jail and is being charged fleeing and eluding, a felony offense, as well as felony weapons charges, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Rader was also discovered to be wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for multiple felony warrants. Authorities say a stolen firearm and suspected felony drugs were also recovered from the vehicle.

According to a press release from the Wooster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 8:30 a.m., troopers initiated a traffic stop with a Blue 2019 Kia Forte for a speed violation on U.S. 30 westbound, near U.S. 250 in Wayne County. The suspect vehicle did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit continued westbound and entered Ashland County. The suspect vehicle exited U.S. 30 and continued through county roads near the Village of Jeromesville. Troopers, along with the Ashland County Sherriff’s Department, made multiple attempts to deploy stop-sticks; however, they were unsuccessful. The suspect vehicle failed to yield at the intersection of U.S. 250 and CR 1302 and struck another vehicle.

The driver then fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended.

Two occupants in the vehicle remained on scene and were detained with the assistance of the Ashland County Sherriff’s Department. 

The driver of the vehicle which was struck was transported by EMS to a nearby hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The occupants in the suspect vehicle were also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending results from the crime lab.

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