Minnesota criminal confesses for brief police chase in southwest Logan

Booking photo for Timothy R. Mitchell (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 43-year-old man who led law enforcement on a brief chase through southwest Logan earlier this month accepted a plea deal and will now await sentencing. Timothy R. Mitchell remains in the Cache County Jail, wanted on a felony rape conviction out of Minnesota.

Logan City Police officers and Utah Highway Patrol troopers in a field west of 1000 West in Logan, after catching Timothy R. Mitchell on an alleged stolen motorcycle. Tuesday June 11, 2019 (Will Feelright).

Mitchell appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle, a second-degree felony, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, amended to a third-degree felony.

On June 11, Mitchell tried to flee from officers on a stolen motorcycle and was apprehended 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 suspect, 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.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen ordered Mitchell to remain in jail. He scheduled sentencing for July 29.

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.


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