LOGAN — A 43-year-old man who is wanted on a felony rape conviction out of Minnesota was arrested Tuesday afternoon, after leading law enforcement on a brief chase through southwest Logan. Timothy R. Mitchell tried to flee from officers on an allegedly 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 Mitchell over near Blackhawk Condominiums. The Honda dirt-bike reportedly had no license plate and the suspect also failed to signal properly.
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.
Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said Mitchell had a gun in his backpack. The motorcycle was traced to a bike that was stolen in Idaho.
On June 9, Idaho State Police reported a man, believed to be Mitchell, was spotted in Jefferson County driving a vehicle that was reported stolen in Minnesota. He was able to evade troopers after a pursuit.
The next day, a citizen in Jefferson County reported seeing the stolen vehicle and also claimed that their Honda motorcycle was stolen.
Mitchell was booked into the Cache County Jail on evading arrests, reckless driving, possession of firearm by a restricted person, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He is being held without bail.
Budge said Mitchell faces multiple charges in Utah and Idaho. Records also show he had a felony warrant out of Minnesota for violating parole on a prior charge of strong-armed rape.