A man who had just been released from the Jefferson County jail, assaulted a maintenance man, stole a golf cart, then stole the personal vehicle of a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy. He then fled the jail in the stolen vehicle.
The suspect, identified as Jonathan Dewayne Gloston, was caught by Port Arthur police officers and deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office around 9 a.m. a.m. on 73 eastbound inside the Groves city limits.
A guard who witnessed Gloston flee reported seeing an inmate escaping. It was later learned that Gloston had already been released from the jail.
Gloston was released from jail on a charge of public intoxication charge. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, at 9:13 a.m, he was witnessed running across the grass by the visitation center. This drew the attention of a deputy that was attending training at the correctional facility.
The deputy saw Gloston jump on a maintenance department motorized cart. He assaulted a maintenance person and fled on the cart
The deputy got into his personal vehicle and chased the maintenance cart. The maintenance cart left the correctional facility traveling south on the service road. Mr. Gloston tried to turn the maintenance cart onto a pipeline road South of the Correction Facility, but he lost control of the cart. The cart rolled on its side.
Mr. Gloston fled on foot with the deputy in chase. The deputy lost his footing on the rocks and stumbled. Mr. Gloston ran past the deputy and got into the deputy’s personal vehicle.
The deputy fired two shots flattening the rear tire of the vehicle as Gloston drove southbound onto 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 south on Hwy 69 exiting FM 365, turning East. The vehicle traveled south on 9th Avenue turning east onto Hwy. 73. The tire of the pick-up flattened with the vehicle coming to a stop on Hwy. 73 at the 32nd Street Exit and Glosten was taken into custody.
Deputy Rod Carroll said 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.
Deputy Carroll told 12News that the maintenance man who was assaulted was not seriously injured by the suspect.
Deputy Carroll said it is too early to know the reason behind the man's actions, but said more information would be released soon.