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A car and foot chase along Highway 22 involving a stolen car, Dallas police, a Polk County sergeant and a Taser was captured on camera and resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man Sunday night.
A Dallas police officer spotted a stolen Honda being driven by Jeffery Rodgers, of Dallas, shortly before 8 p.m. According to police, Rodgers refused to pull over and led officers on a pursuit through northern Dallas and into rural Polk County. A Polk County Sheriff’s Office sergeant joined officers in their chase. A Dallas Police Department dashboard camera and body camera captured the tail end of the car chase and foot pursuit.
About 10 miles into the pursuit, the stolen Honda’s engine was disabled and Rodger’s veered off the highway. He and his passenger, Morgan Swyers, of Dallas, fled the car on foot. Police chased after the pair, and Swyers surrendered. According to police, officers used a Taser to capture Rodgers. Police discovered methamphetamine, money and paraphernalia during the incident. Rodgers was arrested on several charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, attempt to elude on foot, attempt to elude in a vehicle and unlawful methamphetamine possession.
According to court records, Rodgers faced similar charges of methamphetamine possession, fleeing a police officer and unauthorized use of a vehicle out of Marion County following a March 21 police pursuit and crash. He was scheduled to appear for arraignment for those charges on Monday. He also pleaded guilty to fleeing a police officer and methamphetamine possession in Benton County. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and his license was suspended. Going back to 2013, he has been charged with various drug and motor vehicle theft crimes in Polk and Lincoln counties.
Swyers was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief. She currently had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear at a probation violation hearing in Lincoln County, according to court records. Both suspects were taken to Polk County jail. Rodgers appeared at Polk Count Circuit Court on Monday. His next court date is schedule for Thursday.
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