Cassville man charged after car chase

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Pursuit hits 100 miles per hour on Hwy. 248

A Cassville man is facing multiple charges after a vehicular pursuit on Sept. 30 that employed spike strips to disable his vehicle.

Jason Swift, 37, of Cassville, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Justin Dunivant, officer with the Cassville Police Department, police attempted to make a traffic stop of Swift’s vehicle for a lane violation on West Street.

Swift allegedly circled the parking lot of the Family Life Center, then got back on the roadway and headed to Highway 248, where he fled from police, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

During the chase, which traveled on Farm Roads 2175, 1160, 2155, 2150 and 1145, Swift allegedly ran two motorists off the roadway. Swift’s vehicle ran over spike strips placed by police at Highway 248 and Farm Road 2150.

He allegedly continued driving until the tires were falling off the wheels. As he passed Farm Road 1145, Swift slowed the vehicle and jumped out, fleeing on foot.

Dunivant chased Swift and tased him as he attempted to jump over a fence. After being shocked twice, Swift managed to get up and continued running through a field, where Officer Anthony Larson and Barry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thompson apprehended him.

Two passengers were in the vehicle during the chase, an adult female and her 2-year-old son.

A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a black box that contained illegal pills, 51 unused baggies commonly used for drug distribution, 17 grams of marijuana, suspected LSD strips and a spoon that tested positive for methamphetamine. A glass pipe was also allegedly found in the vehicle.

Swift is being held in the Barry County jail on multiple bonds. For this case, his bond is $75,000, cash only.

In a separate case, he is facing charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and third-degree domestic assault, stemming from a domestic incident earlier in the month where he allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her vehicle for a short time. Swift’s bond in that case is set at $20,000, cash only.

Swift has multiple prior felony convictions, including stealing a firearm in 2003, tampering with a motor vehicle in 2011 and second-degree domestic assault in St. Francois County in 2013. He also has numerous misdemeanor convictions.

Swift has been arraigned, and a bond appearance hearing is set for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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