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Washington state man arrested for kidnapping after chase

Fled with his girlfriend and daughter in the car
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on April 20, 2017 12:19PM

Last changed on April 20, 2017 1:43PM

After leading police on a roughly 20-minute chase Wednesday from Seaside to Astoria with his girlfriend and daughter in the car, a Washington state man was arrested on charges of kidnapping and eluding police.

Seaside Police responded to a disturbance call at a residence on the 1300 block of Second Avenue at 8:15 p.m. When police arrived, the couple, with their young daughter in the back seat, were seen driving away from the area.

Police stopped the vehicle about a block away from the residence. The driver, Christopher Rogich, 24, of Roy, Washington, allegedly did not comply with officers’ requests to exit the car and instructed his girlfriend to do the same. Rogich drove away from the scene moments later. His girlfriend asked him to pull over and called 911 during the pursuit, Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham said.

The chase ended on the Youngs Bay Bridge near Astoria at 8:36 p.m., and Rogich was taken into custody. He is facing charges of second-degree kidnapping, attempt to elude police with a vehicle, interfering with a peace officer, reckless driving and five counts of reckless endangering.

Rogich faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Circuit Court Judge Dawn McIntosh set bail at $250,000 at a Thursday afternoon arraignment.


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