1A former Pioche man, who bolted from court proceedings in Pioche earlier this year, has been arrested and taken into custody in Hurricane, Utah.

A published article in the June 20 issue of the St. George News reported Jason Williams, 37, his wife and three children, were taken into custody following a high-speed chase in the early morning hours on Saturday.

Eventually, Williams stopped the car and fled on foot, leaving his wife and children behind. He was later found about an hour later and arrested by the Hurricane Police Department on Foothills Canyon Drive.

HPD attempted to pull Williams’ Chevy Suburban over at a Texaco gas station on Coral Canyon Boulevard for a revoked registration, but Williams drove away at high speed. He later stopped and fled on foot. HPD learned that Williams had multiple outstanding felony warrants for his arrest, including one from Lincoln County, Nevada. In January of this year in Pioche, Williams had been charged with 13 counts of fraud and forgery, but he later ran away while court was in session.

The St. George article reported, “Williams was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of evading police, a third-degree felony; sex offender registry violation, a third-degree felony; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; driving on a revoked registration, three class C misdemeanors; no insurance, speeding, driving on an expired license, and four other third-degree felony warrants. The woman in the vehicle was identified as Crystal Darleen Hurst Williams of St. George. She was also arrested and booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of endangering a child, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a third-degree felony warrant. The (juvenile aged) children were picked up by the Department of Child and Family Services.”

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said their case against Williams in Pioche began in December last year. Investigations found he had amassed about $20,000 in forged and fraudulent checks in Nevada and Utah. There were also previous warrants out for his arrest in Washington County, Utah for several of the same offenses.

Lee said when Williams was in Pioche, he fled the District Court proceedings one day. “So, we put out a felony warrant for his arrest. Williams was not in custody during the session, either out on bail or his own recognizance, and when court reconvened following a short break, Williams had fled the area.”