Steven Mitchell escaped a Jackson County jail. (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Reed escaped a Jackson County jail. (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Jessica Dawn Mitchell (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Authorities in Jackson County said the second inmate in a recent jail escape has died after a police chase.
Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said Steven Mitchell, 39, died after he crashed his vehicle during a police chase with the Howell County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office on July 30 at 3:31 p.m.
Lucas also said that Mitchell's wife, Jessica Mitchell, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. in Mountain View, Mo. on the same day. Lucas said she is believed to be an accomplice in his escape.
Authorities told THV 11's Daniel Wilkerson that the two were pulled over because officers believed the driver, later identified as Jessica Mitchell, may have been under the influence of alcohol. When she was outside of the vehicle, speaking with officers, Mitchell got behind the wheel, drove away, and that's when the police chase began.
Jessica Mitchell is currently being held as a fugitive from justice on the charge of Assisting in or Furnishing an Implement for Escape, in connection with the escape of Steven Mitchell and Steve William Reed, 22.
Lucas said sometime during the early hours of Monday morning, the two inmates were discovered missing from the Jackson County Detention Center.
Reed, according to police, was taken back into custody in Independence County around 8:40 p.m. July 29 and is now back at the Jackson County Detention Center.
Reed was awaiting transport to the Ark. Dept. of Correction for a parole violation and also has charges of Felony Fleeing and Felony Criminal Mischief. At the time of the escape Mitchell was awaiting trial for Battery in the Second-Degree.
Sheriff David Lucas said Reed appeared before Judge Barbara A. Griffin of the Newport District Court for arraignment on First-Degree Escape charges., which is a class A felony. He faces between 6 and 30 years years in the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections and a fine up to $20,00.00.
He is being held in lieu of $1 million bond, and is set to appear in court again on Aug. 7.