Fugitive arrested after driving at 114 mph on Interstate 15 in Iron County

Joseph Sharron Mitchell. Photo Courtesy: Iron County Sheriff's Office

CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 26, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 20-year-old man was arrested after he led an officer on a chase on Interstate 15 in Iron County which reached speeds up to 114 mph.

A probable cause statement from the 5th District Court of Cedar City said Joseph Sharron Mitchell is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance marijuana/spice, a class B misdemeanor; use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor; driving on a suspended or revoked license, a class C misdemeanor; and speeding, an infraction.

Mitchell is also a fugitive and had a warrant out for his arrest, the statement said.

The incident occurred on Sunday when the arresting officer was southbound on I-15 near mile post 75 in Iron County.

“I observed a vehicle in front of me that appeared to be traveling at an extremely high rate of speed as I attempted to catch up to it from behind,” the statement said. “I estimated the speed of the vehicle to be in excess of 100 mph in a posted 80 mph zone.”

The officer then activated his front moving radar in same-direction mode and observed the speed of the vehicle on his radar at 114 mph.

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“I locked the speed of the vehicle on my radar at 111 mph and verified my patrol speed at 119 mph as I was closing from behind.”

The officer then activated his overhead lights and initiated a traffic stop for the offense of speeding.

“On my initial approach of the vehicle, I detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle,” the statement went on. “The driver was asked back to my vehicle and I identified him by name, date of birth, social security number and physical description.”

The arresting officer then found Mitchell had a full extradition warrant out of Wisconsin for larceny, and that his driver license was suspended.

A probable cause search of the vehicle yielded two bags of marijuana and a scale with plant material on it. The scale and one of the bags of marijuana was located inside a bag that the suspect claimed ownership of.

The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Iron County Correctional Facility, where he is being held without bail.

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