Traffic Stop Leads to Chase, Crash, and Arrest in Jacksonville’s West End

By Benjamin Cox on January 8, 2023 at 11:16am

One man was arrested after he fled a traffic stop and then crashed a vehicle in Jacksonville’s west end on Saturday.

Jacksonville Police attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 28 year old Jessie D. Watson of the 700 block of East College Avenue at 10:57PM Saturday near the intersection of West Morgan Street and South Sandy Street. As police attempted the stop, Watson’s vehicle drove off and police say the vehicle went through at least two traffic control devices as the vehicle fled south and then westbound according to a police report.

The chase came to an end a short time later when police say Watson’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Park Street and drove through the intersection at Hoagland Boulvevard and struck a guardrail. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Watson was cited for fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, failure to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash, and other traffic citations. He is currently being held at the Morgan County Jail.