Fleeing felon found 4 days later

Published 12:50 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Four days after fleeing during a high-speed pursuit, a convicted drug manufacturer from River Falls was found inside an Evergreen motel room Monday and is facing a slew of new charges.

Covington County Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Jackson said John Caton Lee, 25, of River Falls, was initially wanted for a violation of probation charge stemming from a first-degree manufacturing conviction.

Jackson said when deputies attempted to take Lee into custody Thursday, he fled.

He said deputies received information that Lee was in the Pigeon Creek Bridge area, but later came into contact with him as he was attempting to leave the area.

“Deputies met Lee on the bridge,” he said. “He stopped his vehicle, backed up and turned around, and the chase ensued. As he attempted to make a left-handed turn onto Welcome Church Road, he lost control and crashed into a ditch. He fled on foot, and deputies were unable to locate him.”

Jackson said deputies later searched Lee’s vehicle, where they found methamphetamine inside the vehicle’s center console.

Monday, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their assistance in locating Lee, Jackson said.

“After an extensive search of the Red Level area, a lead was developed that had Lee in a motel in Evergreen,” he said. “U.S. Marshals and CCSO deputies went to motel and found Lee and a female inside the motel room, along with three bags of marijuana and Xanax and Oxycotin prescription pills.”

Jackson said the female, identified as Hannah Nichole Jones, 25, of Opp, was charged with violation of probation and booked into the Covington County Jail.

She is currently being held without bond.

In addition to the violation of probation charge, Lee now faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, attempting to elude and reckless endangerment.

He is currently being held in the Covington County Jail without bond.

Jackson said the sheriff’s office routinely works with the U.S. Marshals and other agencies to locate and apprehend offenders to bring them to justice.