NAPOLEON — A Henry County man arrested Tuesday morning after leading law enforcement on a four-county pursuit appeared Wednesday in Napoleon Municipal Court.

William Roth, 57, McClure, appeared by video on a charge of failure to comply with the order/signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

He was granted court-appointed counsel and a preliminary hearing is set for today at 1:45 p.m. Bond was set at $100,000 with no cash allowance.

According to Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender, at 1:52 a.m., a deputy attempted to stop Roth’s eastbound SUV on U.S. 6, west of McClure, for speeding and a marked-lanes violation. After the deputy activated the emergency lights and sirens, the suspect’s vehicle fled eastbound on U.S. 6 through McClure.

The vehicle was recognized as belonging to Roth, a wanted male from McClure. Roth reportedly continued the pursuit for approximately 70 minutes, going through Henry, Wood, Lucas, Fulton, back to Henry County and through the city of Napoleon.

Due to the suspect continuing to flee after multiple stop-stick deployments, a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver was performed on Roth’s vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway, strike a parked vehicle and roll over.

Roth was taken by Napoleon Rescue to Henry County Hospital, Napoleon, for medical treatment before being transported to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, rural Stryker.

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