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Man Arrested After Allegedly Fleeing From License Checking Station, Leading Officers On Chase
Jason Dewayne Messer
Courtesy of Burke County P2C website

Man Arrested After Allegedly Fleeing From License Checking Station, Leading Officers On Chase

37-year-old Jason Dewayne Messer was arrested Friday (June 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and possession of methamphetamine. Messer is also charged with possession of marijuana, driving while impaired and multiple traffic violations including speeding, reckless driving to endanger, unsafe passing, and no operators license.

On Friday, Morganton Public Safety Officers were conducting a license checking station on Jamestown Road near Carbon Drive. At approximately 10:40 p.m. officers noticed a red GMC truck approaching. Officers saw the truck weaving within its lane of travel and partially run off the right side of the road.

When the truck approached officers at the checking station it failed to stop and quickly accelerated through the station. Officers followed the vehicle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle accelerated through a red light and officers began a vehicle pursuit.

The driver, Messer, allegedly led officers on a short pursuit that resulted in the suspect crashing the GMC truck in the parking lot of Walgreens on North Green Street. Messer was apprehended at the scene, no other vehicles were involved in the crash. During the investigation, police determined that Messer was driving impaired.

Messer was placed in the Burke County Jail following the arrest under a $44,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 28). District Court appearances were scheduled today and August 13.