Man arrested after deputies in two counties search for him

Douglas D. Mitchell (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)
Douglas D. Mitchell (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A man was arrested late Wednesday night after leading Ste. Genevieve County sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase in Perry County.

According to the Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf, a deputy pulled over a car on Highway 61 Wednesday night.

The sheriff says the car was driven by Douglas Mitchell, 43.

According to the sheriff's office, a warrant for the arrest of Douglas D. Mitchell was issued for on Thursday. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

The car headed north on Highway 61 reaching speeds of around 100 miles per hour.

The sheriff says Mitchell made it into Ste. Genevieve county where deputies used stop sticks to blow out the car's tires.

We're told at that point, Mitchell allegedly pulled over, jumped out of the car and ran off.

Mitchell was arrested and taken to the Perry County Jail. He was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, first offense; endangering the welfare of a child, first degree; resisting arrest/detention/stop by flee creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to any person; exceeded posted speed limit by 26 mph; and failed to drive right half of roadway when roadway of sufficient width.

According to the probable cause statement, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 around 8:30 p.m. an officer was traveling northbound on U.S. 61 near PCR 812 when he saw a vehicle speeding, traveling northbound. The officer says the radar clocked the driver at 60 mph when the speed limit was 45 mph.

The officer says he pulled the red Buick Park Avenue over and identified the driver as Kristen Taylor and the front passenger as Douglas Mitchell. Also in the vehicle was Taylor's 3-year-old daughter, she was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. The officer says he asked Taylor to sit in his patrol car and while talking to her, the officer says Mitchell switched from the front passenger seat to the driver's seat and drove off.

Around 8:30 p.m. the officer says he began chasing Mitchell, who was driving northbound in the southbound lane and in the middle of the highway from just south of Highway NN until just south of PCR 830. He says just before entering Ste. Genevieve County, he saw his odometer indicated they were driving at 110 mph.

The probable cause statement says Mitchell drove about 10 miles before stopping around 8:42 p.m., when he stopped just north of Cottonwood Lane in Ste. Genevieve County. Mitchell got out of the car and ran into a field. Around 10:38 p.m., a Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's deputy found and arrested Mitchell.

According to the probable cause statement, Mitchell told officers he ran because he thought he had a warrant for his arrest. Officers say when they checked, he did not have a warrant.

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