On Monday, Aug. 30, Newburgh was the partial site of an intense police chase that ran through multiple counties on the Lloyd Expressway. After Evansville police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Monday the suspect fled from police and ended up in Newburgh before reversing course back into Vanderburgh County.
Around noon police officers spotted Roger Hoops Jr., 44, on the Lloyd Expressway. Hoops Jr. was driving close to Fielding Road near Harrison High School on Evansville’s East side. Members of Vanderburgh County’s drug task force attempted to apprehend Hoops Jr. who fled Eastbound on the Lloyd into Newburgh.
Once Hoops Jr. reached Newburgh members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department pursued Hoops Jr. through the city until he returned to Vanderburgh County. Hoops Jr. continued Westward until he was on Weinbach Avenue. Eventually the pursuit was called off as Hoops Jr. reached the campus at the University of Evansville, where deputies pursued him on foot.
Evansville Reitz Memorial High School was put on lockdown as Hoops Jr. approached, although he made no attempt to enter the school or the campus of the University of Evansville. Shortly after the foot pursuit commenced Hoops Jr. was apprehended by deputies in the backyard of a home near the campus.
Hoops Jr. had an active warrant for his arrest on meth related charges. Upon being taken into custody he was charged with resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond at the Warrick County Jail.
Hoops Jr., a resident of Mount Vernon, has had multiple meth related arrests dating all the way back to 1998 and including a 2005 arrest for manufacturing meth in Henderson, Kentucky. There was no known damage in Warrick County as a result of the chase.