James T. Mitchell was taken into custody by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies Monday, March 16 after he was released from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Mitchell, 32, allegedly drove his car at a sheriff’s deputy the night of Feb. 24, after he apparently blundered into an effort to arrest Aaron Kirts at Kansas Point near the Lake Maloney inlet.
Mitchell was wounded in the uproar.
It was far from his first scrape with the law.
On Jan. 15, he was arrested and charged with possession of more than an ounce but less than a pound of marijuana. The next day, he was released on bond.
On Feb. 19, an arrest warrant was issued for him after he failed to appear in court.
On the night of Feb. 24, several deputies were searching for Kirtz near Lake Maloney. Kirtz slipped away on foot but was found a few hours later.
Possibly unrelated to the situation, Mitchell drove into the campground and was pulled over. When deputies ordered him out of the car, they could readily see controlled substances, marijuana and suspected methamphetamine, according to a North Platte police report.
Mitchell not only refused to get out but tried to drive away, hitting a deputy sheriff as well as a patrol vehicle with his car.
Deputies shot at Mitchell and disabled him, then rendered first aid and called an ambulance. Mitchell was taken to Great Plains Health, and he was later transferred to UNMC.
The deputy reported suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at Great Plains Health.
Mitchell now faces charges for operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, aggravated assault with a weapon, using a weapon to commit a felony, plus possession of up to two pounds of marijuana and 28-139 grams of methamphetamine, according to sheriff’s records.
Mitchell has a long criminal history in Lincoln County. Since he became an adult in 2004, he has had 28 criminal charges in Lincoln County.
He is currently held in jail on two bonds of $150,000 each, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s records.