Man in stolen vehicle arrested on several charges

Man in stolen vehicle arrested on several charges

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A speeding ticket was the least of one man's worries after police say he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Capt. Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department states officers were on routine patrol on Chickasawba Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday when they noticed a black Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed.

Officers tried to stop the car around Chickasawba and 10th, but Adams says the car accelerated north on 10th. Following a brief pursuit, the car stopped at a residence on Webster.

The driver, 39-year-old Michael Jerome Rodgers Sr., was apprehended after police discovered his displayed license plate was fake.

In addition, the vehicle identification number was entered into a nationwide database. Adams states the vehicle was listed as stolen from New Madrid County, Missouri in July 2015.

Officers also reported finding one gram of suspected marijuana that Rodger had attempted to eat, according to Adams.

A concealed black BB pistol was confiscated. Police state the gun is an "item which is commonly used in criminal offenses, due to it being indistinguishable at a distance from a real handgun."

Rodgers is an active probationer and was found to have a suspended license.

He was arrested on numerous charges including theft by receiving, possession of an instrument of crime and possession of a controlled substance.

Rodgers appeared in district court Wednesday and bond was set at $20,000. His next court date is Sept. 29.

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