William L. Roth


McCLURE — A McClure man was arrested early Tuesday morning following a chase with law enforcement that lasted more than an hour and traveled through four counties.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 1:52 a.m. on eastbound U.S. Route 6 west of Damascus Township on an SUV due to a speeding and marked lanes violation.

After the deputy activated his lights and sirens, the vehicle immediately fled eastbound on Rte. 6 through McClure. The vehicle was identified as belonging to William L. Roth, 57, of McClure, who was later identified as the operator of the vehicle according to the sheriff’s office. According to Henry County Clerk of Courts records, Roth has a case pending for one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. A warrant was issued for his arrest June 26.

The pursuit continued for approximately one hour and 10 minutes and traveled through Henry, Wood, Lucas and Fulton counties before returning to Henry County and into the City of Napoleon. Stop sticks were deployed three times, including two successful deployments in Fulton County which deflated several tires on the suspect’s vehicle. The pursuit continued westbound from the City of Napoleon on County Road 424. Due to the suspect continuing to flee after the stop stick deployments, the sheriff’s office reported a PIT maneuver was performed on the vehicle, which caused it to leave the roadway, striking a parked car and rolling over.

A PIT maneuver entails a pursuing car rubbing its front bumper into the back bumper of the vehicle being pursued, causing that vehicle to lose control.

Roth was placed into custody and transferred to Henry County Hospital by Napoleon Rescue for medical treatment. The sheriff’s office reported he will be charged with felony fleeing and eluding, with additional charges pending.

Assisting the sheriff’s office was the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Napoleon Police Department.


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