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T.N. Motorcycle Chase Ends in Ashe County Arrest


JEFFERSON, N.C. – Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the arrest of 30-
year-old Ethan Clawson and 24-year-old Taylor Jordan, both of Mountain
City, TN. Both individuals fled T.N. authorities in what lasted over an
hour-long chase that ended in the Ore Knob area of Ashe County.
On September 2nd, 2022, Ashe County 911 Dispatch was notified by
Johnson County that Deputies were chasing a motorcycle they believed
was heading towards N.C. K9 Deputy Andy Toliver & Deputy Scott
Milam took over the chase after intercepting the pursuit on Hwy 88 West
in Creston. The pursuit led to a chase through Creston, Warrensville,
downtown West Jefferson, Glendale Springs into Laurel Springs. Sgt.
Chris Green was able to get ahead of the vehicle in the Ore Knob area,
where they apprehended both Clawson and Jordan.

“Clawson exceeded speed limits of more than 30 mph during the chase and endangered many
individuals. They drove through downtown W.J. at extreme speeds and passed multiple
vehicles in dangerous double yellow line situations throughout the county. K9 Deputy Toliver
and Deputy Milam also did an excellent job on our radios, staying calm during the pursuit
and safely following the vehicle.” ~ Sheriff Howell

Ethan Clawson of Mountain City was placed under arrest at the scene and
transported to the Ashe County Detention Center by Sgt. Greene, where
Clawson was booked under a $10,000 bond and remains in jail. Clawson
was charged with Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with A Motor Vehicle, and
Misdemeanor Fail to Heed Light and Siren. Clawson did have active
warrants out of Tennessee at the time.

Taylor Dawn Jordan of Mountain City was placed under arrest at the
scene and transported to the Ashe County Detention Center, where Jordan
was booked under a $500 bond. Clawson was charged with Open
Container after Consuming Alcohol