Man faces attempted murder charges after wild chase from Texas
LAKE CHARLES – Police say a Texas man is facing a slew of serious charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, after he led authorities on a chase from Texas into Louisiana Sunday.
According to Louisiana State Police, troopers joined Orange County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit around 3 p.m on I-10 east Sunday. Multiple agencies, including Port Neches Police, Beaumont Police and deputies were chasing a stolen pickup truck pulling a boat and trailer.
At some point, State Police say the driver, 29-year-old David Henry Mitchel Jr., swerved to avoid spike strips and tried to run over a Vinton Police officer. Authorities say Mitchel continued to steer the truck towards the officer even after he ran out of Mitchel’s path.
Troopers joined the chase and deployed spike strips near Sulfur, Louisiana. Police say Mitchel again attempted to aim his truck at law enforcement.
Officers with both Westlake Police Department and Lake Charles Police deployed spike strips before Mitchel’s vehicle was finally disabled. The chase ended on I-10 east near the Shattuck Street exit in Lake Charles. Mitchel surrendered and was placed under arrest.
Louisiana State Police said Mitchel was transported to Troop D for processing where he later grabbed a trooper’s Taser from the officer’s belt. He was subdued and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked.
Police charged Mitchel with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of possession of stolen things, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, flight from an officer, speeding, improper lane usage, attempted simple escape and attempting to disarm a peace officer.
Mitchel also faces multiple charges from Texas authorities.