On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a high speed chase along Hwy. 169 resulted from a Mille Lacs County deputy attempting to pull over a speeding vehicle. The resulting arrest of Matthew Sam Mitchell, 25, of Onamia led to the discovery of heroin and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

According to the complaint:

A deputy was patrolling Hwy. 169 when a northbound vehicle was observed traveling 82 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The deputy turned on lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop and instead sped up. It reached a speed of 100 miles per hour as it passed Wagidaaki Drive.

Tribal officers were called to assist, the report states, and a unit near Timber Trail Road waited for the speeding vehicle before turning on lights and sirens. The speeding vehicle swerved around the Tribal Police and continued to accelerate. Law enforcement then performed a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver. Both the squad car and the speeding vehicle sustained damage, and Mitchell’s vehicle was stopped.

Mitchell threw his car keys out the window, but would not otherwise cooperate with law enforcement, the complaint states. He exited the 

vehicle on his own time, and despite multiple requests by law enforcement to keep his hands visible, he kept them in his pockets. Non-lethal force was then used by the officers to obtain compliance and place Mitchell under arrest.

The report indicates that officers suspected Mitchell was alone throughout the chase. After the arrest, however, they discovered a female passenger crouching in the front seat. The passenger stated Mitchell had been using heroin prior to the chase, according to the complaint.

When the vehicle was searched, officers found a bindle of suspected heroin on the floor of the vehicle and two black and pink cases near the vehicle’s center console. The black case contained paperwork bearing Mitchell’s name and two bags of a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, weighing 2.3 grams.

Mitchell has a prior conviction for felony controlled substance possession. He had last been seen in custody on Oct. 29, on charges of drug possession and a warrant for needle possession. Mitchell has now been charged with a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum prison sentence of three years and/or a $5,000 fine, and one felony count of fifth-degree drug possession, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.

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