Deputy nabs Langley motorcycle suspect with ‘tase’ threat

A 34-year-old Langley motorcyclist was caught by a deputy after a short chase ended in deep gravel earlier this month, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Jason Lee Watson Helley in Island County Superior Court Jan. 8 with attempting to elude an officer.

On Jan. 5, Deputy Darren Crownover with the Island County Sheriff’s Office staked out the Pioneer Park Place neighborhood, where Helley lives. He suspected Helley, who didn’t have a valid license or motorcycle endorsement, of eluding Deputy Sean Warwick two months earlier, according to a report on the incident.

Helley rode by on his motorcycle and Crownover pursued, lights flashing and sirens blaring. The motorcycle sped away on Crawford Road at speeds up to 60 mph, the deputy wrote in his report.

Helley turned onto a dirt road where Warwick had terminated the earlier high-speed pursuit. But this time, Helley lost control in deep gravel and laid down his motorcycle.

Helley fled on foot. Crownover pursued and threatened to “tase” him, so Helley gave up, the officer wrote.

Helley was arrested and convicted in 2004 of attempting to elude police on a motorcycle.

If convicted of the recent charge, he could face from two to six months in jail under the standard sentencing range.


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