Jefferson County inmate released, re-arrested in less than one hour
Jefferson County sheriff's deputies released and re-arrested one man within less than one hour on Tuesday, July 29, after stealing a motorized maintenance vehicle and then a deputy's personal vehicle.
According to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 8:38 a.m. inmate 33-year-old Jonathan Dewayne Gloston was released from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for a Public Intoxication charge. At 9:13 a.m., Gloston drew the attention of a deputy attending training at the correctional facility when he was seen running across the grass near the visitation center. The deputy witnessed Gloston jump onto a maintenance department motorized cart. The maintenance personnel became engaged in an altercation with Gloston and was thrown from the maintenance cart. The deputy, still watching the events unfold, entered his personal vehicle and gave chase to the maintenance cart.
The maintenance cart left the correctional facility traveling southbound on the service road. Gloston attempted to turn the maintenance cart onto a pipeline road South of the Correction Facility, where he lost control rolling the cart on its side, deputies report. Gloston took off running on foot with the deputy in chase. The deputy lost his footing on the rocks and stumbled. Gloston ran past the deputy and entered the deputy’s personal vehicle. The deputy fired two shots flattening the rear tire of the vehicle as the vehicle took off southbound on the Hwy. 69 Service Road.
At this time additional deputies arrived on scene and were able to initiate a pursuit of the deputy’s stolen vehicle. The vehicle traveled southbound on Highway 69 exiting F.M. 365, turning east. The vehicle traveled southbound on 9th Avenue turning eastbound on Highway 73. The tire of the pick-up flattened with the vehicle coming to a stop on Hwy. 73 at the 32nd Street exit. Gloston was arrested and taken back to jail at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. He is being charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, robbery, and evading detention in a motor vehicle.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Port Arthur Police Department and Groves Police Department who assisted bringing this pursuit to a safe conclusion.