Teen Waives Prelim For High Speed Chase

7/8/11 – A Mayville teen has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he led authorities on a four-mile, high-speed car chase last Friday. Matthew Rogahn is charged with a felony count of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety along with misdemeanor Obstruction. The 17-year-old had a felony count of Fleeing an Officer reduced Thursday to a misdemeanor. According to the criminal complaint, an officer attempted to stop Rogahn for an illegal muffler around midnight but he took off. Officers say Rogahn sped down Main Street at speeds in excess of 110-miles per hour. At one point, he reportedly passed a vehicle on the left that was about to make a left-hand turn. The officer was eventually able to stop Rogahn on Highway A-Y near McArthur Road. Rogahn told officers that he stopped because he realized that the officer had identified him and even if he had gotten away they’d eventually catch him. He said he fled because he didn’t have a valid license and didn’t want his passenger, who was also the owner of the car, to get in trouble for underage drinking. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 13-and-a-ahlf years. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for next week.