Posted by Travis Uresk | April 10th, 2023 | High-Speed Chase |
By Travis Uresk
Roosevelt, Ut.- On 4/3/23, at around 1:00 am, Officer Christensen was watching the Roosevelt Maverick parking lot when he recognized a vehicle that was parked in front of the store.
The Officer knew the vehicle and the driver from previous calls that he had a few weeks before.
The driver that usually operated that vehicle is 21-year-old Jaxon Lynn Mitchell, he has a suspended driver's license and three active warrants out of Uintah County Justice Court.
Officer Christensen saw Jaxon get into the driver's side of the vehicle and waited for him to enter the roadway. Jaxon went North on State Street. The Officer observed Jaxon driving well over the speed limit. Jaxon was traveling 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Officer Christensen turned on his overhead lights to conduct a traffic stop, and Jaxon started to speed up, not attempting to pull over. Jaxon drove through the traffic light at 200 North and State Street and didn't stop at the 300 North State Street stop sign.
Officer Christensen called out over the radio 10-80 (evading/failing to stop) to dispatch. After the 10-80 call out, the Officer activated his sirens. He followed Jaxon North on North Crescent road reaching speeds over 100 mph. There was no traffic on the road.
Jaxon then turned East on 3000 North, speeding back to over 100 mph. Jaxon ran through multiple stop signs. He then turned West on 7000 North, again reaching a speed of over 100 mph. Jaxon turned North on 1500 East, then went South on 4500 East with speeds over 100 mph.
Jaxon turned West on 6000 North, and his tires began smoking, and sparks were coming from the rear driver's side tire when Jaxon turned West on 6000 North on a dirt road.
Jaxon then went down a dead-end road but was able to turn around on the Officer. Jaxon continued down the dirt road heading West to an oilfield site. He hit the side of a dirt berm surrounding the oilfield site and got high-centered. The vehicle was not able to move any further.
The police had Jaxon exit the vehicle and lie prone on the ground. They then had Jaxon stand up and walk backward to the sound of the Officer's voice. They then placed Jaxon under arrest and in the back of a patrol vehicle after they searched him.
Jaxon was then transported to the UBMC for medical clearance and then taken to the Duchesne County Jail on the charges of:
Fail to Stop or Respond at Command of Police - 41-6A-210, Drive on Suspended or Revoke license - 53-3- 227(1) and Speeding - 41-6a-601. I am charging him with speeding because he was going well over the speed limit before I initiated a traffic stop by turning on my overhead lights.