Video shows high speed chase, fight with DUI suspect
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VERO BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) -- The Indian River County Sheriff's Office shared dramatic video of a high-speed chase and arrest of a DUI suspect in Vero Beach.
Deputies said the incident began Monday night when the driver in a Kia Soul blew through a red light at more than 100 miles per hour. A deputy was running radar at the time, on 66th Avenue near South Gifford Road.
The deputy chased after the driver. The driver turned onto SR 60, turned off his headlights and continued to weave in and out of traffic while still speeding, according to the arrest affidavit. The man then pulled onto northbound Interstate 95.
According to the report, the deputy clocked the driver at 119 m.p.h. on the highway. Investigators say the man lost control of his car in a construction zone. It went into the median then back on the pavement, but not before plowing through numerous traffic cones.
The driver got off the highway and drove across the bridge on County Road 512 when he ultimately lost control of his car and crashed into a jersey barrier.
The chase didn't stop there. The driver kept going, at speeds of 111 miles per hour, according to investigators. He then pulled over.
Dash cam video shows the man getting out of his car and walking toward deputies. At least one deputy had his gun drawn, but the man would not obey orders to stop.
The deputies start scuffling with the driver. The man punched one deputy in the groin and gouged his eyes.
Deputies used a stun gun and punches to get the fighting man into handcuffs. He smelled of alcohol, according to the report, and deputies believed he was also hallucinating. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a possible drug overdose.
The suspect, identified as Robert William Rogers III, of Sebastian, had a blood alcohol content of .106, above the legal limit.
The driver is facing charges of fleeing a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, driving without a license, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, reckless driving and driving under the influence.