A Henderson County man is in custody after leading deputies on a cross-county vehicle pursuit overnight that ended in Mills River.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting an investigation after observing a vehicle related to a BOLO (Be on the Look-Out) in the Etowah community on Trailside Court. Deputies were attempting to locate Robert Edward Rogall who was wanted on previous felony charges.
Shortly after midnight, while deputies were speaking to a resident in the area, they spotted Rogall driving a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan and a traffic stop was attempted. Rogall refused to stop and fled on Brevard Road.
The pursuit entered Transylvania County and assistance was provided by the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard Police Department. The pursuit continued back into Henderson County on N.C. 280 reaching speeds up to 75 mph.
Stop sticks were successfully deployed near Hyder’s BP. Rogall continued to flee, turning on North Mills River Road, where he later rammed a gate on a private drive off Dave Whitaker Road in Mills River. With his vehicle disabled, Rogall fled on foot and was apprehended a very short time later.
Also detained were the two passengers in the van, but they were later released without any charges.
Robert Edward Rogall, 21, of 1762 Jeter Mountain Road in Hendersonville, was charged with two felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest and traffic violations including reckless driving, failure to stop, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt.
Rogall was also served with outstanding warrants that included failure to appear on a felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine charge and failure to appear on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Rogall is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center in lieu of a $75,600 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 25.