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Carbon man plead to four counts of fleeing police

Published February 05. 2019 12:49PM

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Friday to three counts of flight to avoid apprehension and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police.

He also entered pleas to two counts of driving under suspension and one count of driving under the influence. He was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

Jason Reed, 42, of Jim Thorpe, admitted to “taking off” when police were attempting to place him under arrest.

He told Judge Steven R. Serfass, “I’ve been in trouble all my life.”

He told Serfass he fled in the cases because he either knew he had an active warrant for his arrest or, he claimed, because he wanted to be with his children. He also said he fled because he knew his license was under suspension.

Reed, who has been in the county prison on the charges, was sentenced by Serfass to serve a total one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison followed by 24 months probation on all the charges. He was given credit for 329 days already served.

Criminal record

Reed was arrested on April 26, 2017, on the first set of charges when Lehighton police attempted to stop him because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest he fled but was later caught.

The DUI count also stems from this incident. The next arrest occurred in Lehighton on Feb. 12, 2018, when he was pulled over in a vehicle along North Center Alley and he fled but was later caught.

On Feb. 28, 2018, Lehighton police went to the 100 block of South Fourth Street looking for Reed because of an active warrant. He fled but was later apprehended. The next arrest occurred on March 10, 2018, when Lehighton police went to an area along Fourth Street for a suspicious vehicle. Reed was located in the vehicle in question and took off.

Police again were attempting to serve a warrant.

On the DUI count he was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and his license was suspended for a year.

On the two suspension counts he was fined a total of $2,000. He was also ordered to render a total of 200 hours of community service when paroled, pay court costs of about $1,000, pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole or probation and zero tolerance imposed for drug or alcohol use.

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