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41-year-old Jesse Michael Waterson of Iron Station faces charges in Lincoln County after leading Lincoln County Deputies and other agencies on a vehicle chase through North Carolina and South Carolina. He was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and displaying a fictitious registration plate.
At about 11 p.m. on January 13, Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle with a fictitious license plate on U.S. Highway 321. The vehicle exited Highway 321 at the High Shoals exit and came to a stop. As Deputies approached, the driver sped away, traveling south on Highway 321.
Deputies pursued the vehicle into Gaston County where Dallas Police and Gaston County Officers took over the chase. The vehicle turned onto I-85 South and entered South Carolina where Officers there took over the pursuit. Approximately 17 miles from the Georgia state line, South Carolina authorities deployed stop sticks, puncturing the tires on the suspect vehicle and bringing it to a stop.
The driver, Jesse Michael Waterson, refused to exit the vehicle. Officers broke a window and deployed a K-9 to assist with the arrest. The vehicle was seized and returned to Lincoln County where a search warrant was executed. During the search, a firearm was found attached to a magnet under the steering wheel. A small amount of what is believed to be a controlled substance was seized and will be sent to the state lab for testing.
On January 18, Waterson waived extradition and was returned to Lincoln County where he was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. His only listed court date is on February 8 in Lincoln County on the firearms charge.