Man leaps through 2nd story window in attempt to escape deputies

GAMEWELL, NC (WBTV) - A man wanted by deputies in multiple counties was arrested after he leapt through a second-story window of a home in an attempt to escape deputies.

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a home along Oaklawn Court on Saturday evening in the town of Gamewell. Deputies had received a tip that 32-year-old Jason Alan Laws was inside the home.

Laws is wanted by Caldwell, Burke and other surrounding counties along with a Federal Probation Violation.

When deputies were talking with homeowners, who denied he was in the home, they heard a loud noise. They ordered Laws to come out of the home.

That's when deputies say Laws ran upstairs, jumped out of a window, breaking the glass and cutting his nose and wrist. He then ran from the deputies, who caught up with him, and he was tasered.

After getting him under control, deputies say they handcuffed Laws and took him into custody.

Laws was charged with outstanding warrants from Caldwell and Burke Counties.  He also has a federal hold on him for a federal probation violation.

Jason Laws had eluded authorities since he allegedly led them on a chase on March 13th in southern Burke County.

Deputies wanted to question him about a stolen vehicle from Tennessee after they saw parts that matched the car's description in the back of a truck Laws was driving. Laws led them on a chase down rural roads, through pastures and even on a foot chase but he was able to escape.

Later that same week, they spotted him and again he was able to escape, even though two tires were shot on the truck he was driving.

Sgt. Jody Price of the Burke County Sheriff's Office said Laws tried to run him over. "It was very close, actually rolling over the tip of my shoes."

A week later he was spotted in Florida where he led authorities on another chase before abandoning that vehicle in an orange grove and escaping. "He just has no regard for the safety of others," said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.

Laws is charged in Caldwell Counties with felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Breaking and Entering to Auto. He is also charged with misdemeanor Resisting Public Officers and Injury to Personal Property.

He is being held on a $40,000 secure bond and had his first court date on Monday morning in Lenoir.
Laws has also been served with warrants from Burke County for two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest.  He also has a separate charge of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.  He has secured bonds in these cases totaling $110,000.00.
Sheriff Alan Jones stated that he is proud of the action the officers took in apprehending Mr. Laws.

"The officers received good information and did a great job following up and removing a dangerous criminal from our community."

Sheriff Whisenant said he was glad Laws was caught and hopes he stays behind bars.

"Because if he makes bond and gets out I am sure we will wind up chasing him again."

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