OFFICER LUKE ROGERS, of the Durand Police Department, was presented with a letter of commendation during the Monday, Feb. 3 Durand City Council meeting for his efforts in the line of duty on Dec. 14, 2019. Presenting the letter was Durand Police Chief Jason Hartz and Durand Mayor Deb Doyle. Chief Hartz read the letter out loud to Rogers.
“On the evening of Dec. 14, 2019, you were requested to assist the Michigan State Police with a vehicle on I-69 traveling eastbound in the westbound lane. As the suspect vehicle continued traveling eastbound past the Perry exit, you entered I-69 from the Durand exit, traveling westbound, attempting to intersect with the suspect vehicle. You subsequently observed the vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes and were able to get turned around and position yourself behind the suspect vehicle.
“With your emergency lights activated, and working in conjunction with the Perry Police officer, you attempted to get the suspect pulled over. The vehicle refused to pull over and accelerated to nearly 100 miles an hour. At this time, you and the Perry officer were able to effectively communicate and formulate a plan, boxing the suspect vehicle in, you in front of the driver slowing him down and the Perry officer directly behind him.
“Due to your quick actions, the suspect vehicle was stopped with no one being injured and no property being damaged. The driver of the vehicle was found to be extremely intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit, and was subsequently housed in the Shiawassee County Jail.
“Your quick thinking and ability to effectively communicate with other officers undoubtedly saved numerous lives. It is for this reason that I present you with this letter of commendation. Thank you.”
Officer Rogers (right) can be seen accepting his award from Chief Hartz and receiving a hug from Mayor Doyle, with Durand City Council member Rich Folaron applauding in the background.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)