Pursuit ends in crash, arrest


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SIDNEY — A Michigan man is incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail after a high speed pursuit with Shelby County Deputies. The pursuit began downtown Sidney and ended with a crash.

Roger Brulez, 32, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, is charged with failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, according to Chief Deputy James R. Frye, of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

On Oct. 20, 2020, at approximately 5:27 a.m., Deputy Dave Egbert was northbound on North Main Avenue in Sidney when he observed a pickup truck driving the wrong way on North Main Avenue. Egbert turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle by initiating his overhead lights and siren. The vehicle accelerated southbound on Main Avenue. Deputy Frank Bleigh was at Poplar Street and North Main Avenue as the truck approached his cruiser. The driver avoided Bleigh’s vehicle by swerving, almost losing control of his vehicle, and continued south on Main Avenue.

Both deputies continued to pursue the truck southbound. The truck’s speed reached 85 to 90 mph as it continued south out of the city and southbound on County Road 25A. The truck continued south on County Road 25A to the Kirkwood Road intersection, where the intersection was closed due to construction.

The driver plowed through the road closed signs, struck a skid loader and flipped on its top before coming to a stop. The driver, identified as Brulez, got out of the truck and was arrested without incident.

Brulez was treated at the scene for abrasions on his hands by Houston Rescue, according to the Frye’s press release. Brulez was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he was booked in on charges of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer.

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