SOUTH BEND — Jason George Pearson, 38, of Long Beach was sentenced to 55 months in prison in Pacific County Superior Court on Aug. 10 for attempting to elude a police officer and bail jumping.
In July 2017 Long Beach Police Officer Michael Parker attempted to stop a motorcycle for a traffic offense. The rider fled into a trailer park on the bike and then continued to elude the officer, according to Pacific County prosecutor Mark McClain.
Parker said he saw the rider re-enter the main roadway and then do a wheelie through a stop sign. Parker resumed his pursuit but fell behind and broke off the chase in the interest of public safety.
Parker was able to identify the rider as Pearson and forwarded charges to the prosecutor’s office, resulting in issuance of an arrest warrant. Pearson was eventually captured and charged with attempting to elude a police officer, a felony.
At that time Pearson faced as much as 29 months in prison, but without the possibility of supervision upon release into the community. However, before trial Pearson skipped bail, which was added to the charges he faced when he returned to face the original charges.
Pearson now is being required to participate in a prison-based drug offender sentence alternative. After serving two and a half years behind bars, he will be transferred into community-based treatment under supervision of the Department of Corrections. If he fails to abide by conditions of that program, he will be returned to prison.
“The programs offer integration, housing assistance, and other social services to ensure Mr. Pearson’s steady progress,” McClain said.