LOGAN — A 43-year-old fugitive, wanted in Idaho and Minnesota, is headed to prison after being convicted of stealing a motorcycle and leading police on a brief chase through southwest Logan. Timothy R. Mitchell was given the maximum sentence after previously accepting a plea deal from state prosecutors.
Mitchell appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He was sentenced to 1-to-15-years for stealing the motorcycle and up to 0-5-years for possessing a weapon as a restricted person. The two sentences will run at the same time.
Mitchell apologized to the court for what he had done. He said he was sorry for coming to the community and “raising hell.”
Judge Kevin Allen said he was giving the maximum sentence so the board of pardons can determine how long Mitchell will remain in the state. The defendant is also awaiting similar charges in Idaho and Minnesota.
On June 11, Mitchell tried to flee from officers on a stolen motorcycle and was chased into a farm field, west of 1000 West. The pursuit began around 3:45 p.m. when a sergeant, driving an unmarked vehicle, attempted to pull him over near Blackhawk Condominiums.
As the sergeant turned on his lights and siren, Mitchell sped up and turned onto US-89/91, travelling northeast. The chase continued along the highway until the motorcycle turned onto 600 West.
Law enforcement briefly lost sight of the defendant, when he rode behind ICON Health & Fitness. He drove along the Logan River Trail, and then headed north again on 1000 West.
Multiple officers and Utah Highway Patrol troopers continued to pursue Mitchell as he turned west onto 1100 South and headed into a farm field. As they closed in, he jumped off the bike and surrendered, when a police K-9 was released.
Mitchell had a gun in his backpack. The motorcycle was traced to a bike that was stolen in Idaho.
Mitchell faces multiple charges in Idaho. Records also show he had a felony warrant out of Minnesota for violating parole on a prior charge of strong-armed rape.