K-9 Helps Capture Mitchell County Man

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department)

On January 3, 2019, Mitchell County Sheriff Lt. J.A. Biddix, Deputy D.S Buchanan, R.B. Bishop, and Z.S. Huskins were attempting to locate Jason Lee Filmore on a parole warrant and failure to pay child support. Deputies went to Filmore’s residence at 184 June Bug Hollow Road in the Altapass Community. Filmore was not at the residence. The deputies then went to Parkway Fire Department and were deciding where to check next. That is when a maroon Ford Taurus came by them and turned onto Davenport Road traveling towards June Bug Hollow Road. The deputies had information Filmore was operating a car which matched the same description. Deputies pursued the vehicle and lost sight of it. They checked Filmore’s residence and the vehicle was not there. Deputy Huskins found the vehicle abandoned in Davenport Cemetery. Deputy Huskins approached the vehicle and found the driver’s side front and back windows were opened.

Lt. Biddix instructed Deputy Bishop and Buchanan to set up a perimeter. Lt. Biddix and Deputy Bishop then requested assistance from Avery County Sheriff’s K-9 deputies. Avery Sheriff’s Detectives Casey Lee and Ridge Phillips arrived with their K-9. The K-9 immediately picked up Filmore’s scent. After a short distance through the woods and laurel thicket the K-9 located Filmore. Filmore failed to follow deputy’s commands to get on the ground. The K-9 deployed a bite technique and restrained Filmore until deputies could handcuff him.

Filmore was taken to Deputy Huskins patrol vehicle and secured. Detective Lee had the K-9 to walk around the Ford Taurus Filmore was driving. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle. Deputies then located a brown bag behind the passenger seat. The bag contained three loaded syringes and a plastic bag with methamphetamine residue. The syringes and plastic bag was field tested and they tested positive for methamphetamine. Filmore was arrested on the parole violation, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and failure to pay child support.

He is being held in jail on a $15,000 secured bond on the drug charges and a cash bond of $2202.00 for child support. Filmore is being held without bond on the parole warrant.

Filmore is scheduled to appear in court February 27, 2019.

Mitchell EMS checked Filmore’s dog bites and it was determined he didn’t need further medical attention. EMS cleaned and bandaged the bite area.

Sheriff Street wanted to thank Avery County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.