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Wichita Falls man faces multiple charges in Saturday chase


A Wichita Falls man faces multiple charges in Montague County after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that began in Henrietta Saturday.



Michael Darell Rollerson, 29, has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, bond set at $5,000; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, bond set at $10,000; and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, bond set at $7,000.

Rollerson remains in the Montague County jail. He has an address listed in the 1500 block of 14th Street, Wichita Falls.

The chase began in Henrietta when Rollerson, driving erratically, almost drove into the front yard of a home in the 800 block of East Omega Street, and narrowly missed a trailer parked at the residence. Homeowners Brandon and Betty Ellsworth and friend Darin Reed were in the yard when the incident occurred and called the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Ellsworth and Reed recognized the vehicle, a blue late model Dodge four-door pickup, as belonging to another Henrietta resident and followed it.

The owner of the pickup had left the vehicle at a Wichita Falls business on Friday night. He was on scene after the chase ended to identify the vehicle.

Reed said the chase began near the intersection of Hwy. 82 and Bearcat Lane, close to the Henrietta city limit. The vehicle struck a DPS spike strip near Anderson road, blowing out one tire. Rollerson drove on, at times swerving into oncoming traffic and hanging out of the window to provoke deputies and troopers.

The chase came to an end near Belcherville in Montague County when the vehicle drove over a second spike strip near Three-Bar Ranch and deputies shot the vehicle, damaging the vehicle’s transmission and another tire.

The vehicle had been described earlier on Saturday in a report of a reckless driver on Hwy. 287 between Jolly and Henrietta. Rollerson also had stopped at Coyote Creek gift shop and furniture store on Hwy. 287 in an attempt to buy beer, which the business does not sell.


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