Authorities took a 43-year-old man into custody this week in connection to two stolen vehicles and pursuits in both Eastern Idaho and Northern Utah.
Timothy R. Mitchell of Heber City, Utah, was booked into the Cache County Jail in Utah on Tuesday on suspicion of evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle, being a fugitive from justice, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and driving on a denied Utah driver’s license.
Idaho State Police say Mitchell will likely face multiple felony charges for crimes he allegedly committed in Idaho as well, but the investigation is ongoing.
The incident began on Sunday afternoon when Idaho State Police troopers spotted a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, which had been reported stolen out of Minnesota, traveling south on Interstate 15, near the Sage Junction Port of Entry in Jefferson County.
They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver drove off the road and through adjacent fields, police said. Troopers lost sight of the vehicle, and despite a subsequent search involving Jefferson and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Offices, they weren’t able to locate the vehicle or the driver.
The next day, a citizen contacted Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to report that he had located the Chevrolet pickup and that his red and white Honda motorcycle had been stolen from the same location, police said.
“At that time, the suspect was unknown, and still at large,” according to a news release.
On Tuesday, an investigations sergeant observed an individual in the southwest part of Logan, Utah, engaged in possible drug activity, according to Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge. The suspect left the area on a stolen 2014 Honda motorcycle, mentioned above, that didn’t have a license plate.
The sergeant, who was in an unmarked patrol car, attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the driver refused to pull over, Budge said.
Several patrol officers in marked vehicles joined in the pursuit, traveling west on 1600 South just south of ICON and north on 1000 West, before going west again on 1100 South on a dead-end dirt road that provides access to agricultural properties.
When Mitchell entered a field, the officers followed and a K-9 was deployed; however, Mitchell gave up the chase and the dog was called off, Budge said.
During the pursuit, one of the officers got his car stuck in a marshy area on the edge of the field, and another patrol car was damaged due to the rough terrain of the field, Budge said.
Mitchell has an extensive criminal history across the country dating back to the 1990s, including a current warrant for his arrest in Minnesota based upon an alleged felony parole violation on a rape conviction.