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Wanted Mt. Vernon Man Arrested in Evansville After Pursuit

A wanted man is facing multiple charges after the sheriff's office says he led authorities on a pursuit through Vanderburgh and Warrick counties on Monday.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 8:42 AM
Updated: Aug 31, 2021 11:50 AM

A Mt. Vernon, Indiana man wanted for Possession of Meth is facing several charges after authorities say he led them on a pursuit in an attempt to evade arrest on Monday.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says members of the drug task force spotted 44-year-old Roger Hoops Jr. driving on the Lloyd Expressway near Fielding Road on Monday. They say it was known that Hoops Jr. was wanted on a felony warrant for possession of meth.

Roger Hoops Jr. of Mt. Vernon, Indiana

When officers tried to pull Hoops Jr. over, they say he took off down the Lloyd Expressway into Warrick County. They say he eventually re-entered Vanderburgh County where he made his way onto South Weinbach Avenue.

When Hoops Jr. got close to the Unversity of Evansville, the sheriff's office says the pursuit was called off. They say he got out of his vehicle and kept running.

A short time later, Hoops Jr. was taken into custody in the backyard of a nearby home.

While both UE and Reitz Memorial High School were notified of the situation, there were no attempts by Hoops Jr. to enter either of those facilities, according to the sheriff's office.

Following his arrest, Hoops Jr. was charged with the following:

CT I Resisting LE in vehicle w/ Prior (L5)
CT II Possession of Methamphetamine (L6)
CT III Possession of syringe (L6)
CT IV Possession of Paraphernalia (CM)
CT V Reckless Driving (CM)
CT VI Possession of Cocaine/Narc Drug (L6)

Hoops Jr. remains in the Vanderburgh County Jail on no bond.

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