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Parole violator caught in Texas eight months after dangerous chase

Posted at 5:19 PM, Feb 02, 2016
Michael Rotunno (Photo: Gregg County, TX)

Michael Rotunno (Photo: Gregg County, TX)

GREGG COUNTY, Texas – Federal authorities say a man who is accused of leading police on a dangerous chase in Clare County back in May is now in custody in Texas.

Michael Rotunno was arrested on January 20th by officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety following a traffic stop.  He’s currently lodged at the Gregg County jail in Longview, Texas.

Rotunno was identified as the driver of a stolen truck that refused to stop for officers along U.S. 10 back in May.  Two other suspects were arrested following that chase.  Authorities said at the time he was able to make his way to a nearby wooded area and escape, despite tracking efforts involving a K-9 Trooper with the Michigan State Police.

Rotunno was wanted in May for violating his parole after serving prison time in Michigan for Larceny from a Building.  That conviction was out of Kent County in June 2012.

Rotunno was arrested last month on that parole warrant, and is also facing charges locally for evading arrest along with providing false information to a police officer.  Rotunno is also accused of driving without a license and for driving with an expired plate.