Conditional release revoked for Halifax man who failed to stop for police

Published on January 10, 2017

A Halifax man who failed on several occassions to stop for police has had an earlier conditional release revoked and has been denied bail on his most recent charges.

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KENTVILLE, NS – A Halifax man who failed to stop for police on several occasions, beginning when Kings RCMP responded to an assault complaint in Waterville, will be held in custody on a due course of law remand.

Jason Morgan, 42, was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on Jan. 9. He has been in custody since being arrested Jan. 3 in the Gold River area of Lunenburg County.

The Crown made an application to have Morgan’s conditional release revoked. He had been released from custody in September on several charges stemming from July 2016, on his own recognizance with conditions and a $2,000 cash deposit.

Evidence was heard on the application and Morgan’s conditional release was revoked. The Crown was also opposed to Morgan’s release on his most recent charges. Evidence was presented at a bail hearing and Morgan’s release was denied.

He will be held in custody on a due course of law remand until his next court appearance Jan. 12 for election and plea on the most recent charges and a status report regarding Morgan’s trial on his earlier charges.

According to a news release, the Kings District RCMP responded to an assault complaint in Waterville at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 3. Police observed the suspect driving his truck and attempted to stop him but the man refused to do so.

Shortly after 3:40 p.m., Lunenburg District RCMP observed the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Highway 103 near Mahone Bay. Again, the suspect failed to stop. Following this, the suspect was seen driving on Highway 3 in Western Shore, where he again refused to stop for police.

At 6:15 p.m., the RCMP, with assistance from the RCMP Police Dog Service, located the suspect on an ATV trail in the Gold River area in Lunenburg County. He was arrested without incident and taken into custody.

Although he’s facing more charges in other provincial court jurisdictions stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred on Jan. 3, in Kings County, he’s charged with dangerous driving and failing to comply with his undertaking. It’s alleged that Morgan committed these offences in Auburn.

Morgan is charged with several other offences in Kings County, including two counts of assault; two counts of uttering a death threat; attempting to choke a woman using his hands around her neck and two more counts of failing to comply with his undertaking. It’s alleged that he committed these offences in Waterville on Nov. 13 and Dec. 30, 2016.

Morgan was earlier charged with arson - intentionally causing damage by fire to a vehicle parked near a Bowlby Park Drive residence - two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking and prowling at night on a residential property. It’s alleged that Morgan committed these offences in Greenwood on July 25, 2016.

Morgan is also charged with criminal harassment. It’s alleged that he committed this offence in Kingston between July 7 and 13, 2016.

Charges against Morgan have not been proven in court.