39-year-old Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving into a tree while trying to elude police near Mountain View. A report from the Highway Patrol states that the vehicle caught fire with Mitchell trapped inside the vehicle.
Mountain View Police stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Mitchell’s wife, about noon Tuesday for speeding. When she was removed from the car due to a reported odor of intoxicants, Mitchell reportedly got behind the wheel and drove away. He was spotted still driving the vehicle about three hours later and crashed while again trying to elude officers.
The vehicle was later identified as having been stolen from Bald Knob, AR.
A second inmate who escaped with Mitchell early Monday, 22-year-old Steven Reed, was recaptured earlier in Independence County.
Authorities says Mitchell’s wife, Jessica Mitchell, is being held for helping in the escape.
Ozark Radio News broke the story Tuesday afternoon.
(Willow Springs) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man is dead and a woman is in custody following multiple pursuits in Howell and Shannon Counties this afternoon.
Around noon, Troop G of the Highway Patrol received notification that an escapee from Jackson County, AR was possibly in Howell County in the Mountain View area. At some point in the afternoon, law enforcement officers saw what they believed to be the suspect’s car, a white Nissan Altima. A pursuit ensued and the vehicle was lost, however, authorities apprehended a woman believed to have been in the suspect’s vehicle.
At this time, it’s not known if the vehicle belonged to the woman.
Highway Patrol representatives say that around 2:40 PM, the vehicle was spotted again, and another pursuit ensued. The vehicle then ran off-road and crashed on Route T south of County Road 687 in Shannon County. Authorities say that the male suspect was killed in the accident.
The female is being held in custody on possible charges of aiding a fugitive. At this time, the identities of the woman and the man fatally injured are not known.
Very little information on this incident is known at this time. We will bring you more at www.ozarkareanetwork.com when more information is released.