Ames Police Officer Jason Eaton was arrested early this morning after leading state troopers on a high speed chase down the wrong side of Highway 30. After finally being stopped, Eaton denied being drunk and said that he only had " 1-2 beers" which usually translates to 10-12 beers. He is now charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, failure to obey a stop sign, and excessive speeding. The Ames Police Department has suspended Officer Eaton pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
According to public records, Jason Wayne Eaton is a 39 year old resident of Story City, Iowa. In 1999 he pled guilty to a charge of issuing a check or draft without sufficient funds or credit. The charge was only an infraction for which he received a deferred sentence with unsupervised probation. See Grand Forks County case number 18-99-K-03631. In 2009 he pled guilty to exceeding the speed limit by 6-10 MPH. In 2002 First National Bank obtained a civil judgment against him of $6,274. He is a registered Republican.