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Chase ends in drug, gun arrest

Latyris Mitchell, who was survived a shooting in June, was arrested last week for possessing guns and drugs and fleeing from the police.
Posted on Aug. 27, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

ELKHART — A man who was shot outside an Elkhart convenience store in June was arrested last week in the same block as the shooting on two felonies and a misdemeanor.

Latyris Mitchell, 19, was arrested on Aug. 19 for resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance, both class D felonies, and carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Elkhart Superior Court 1, Cpl. Jason Reed of the Elkhart Police Department saw Mitchell driving an orange Tao Tao motor scooter south on the sidewalk at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 1500 block of Benham Avenue.

Reed, driving a marked police cruiser, turned on his lights and sirens and tried to pull Mitchell over for violating a city ordinance prohibiting the use of motor vehicles on a sidewalk.

Mitchell sped up and fled through an alley. As Reed pursued him, he saw Mitchell throw something into the weeds near Kauffman Laundry, 231 W. Indiana Ave.

Mitchell lost control of the scooter as he attempted to make a turn in an alleyway in the 200 block of Indiana and was apprehended.

Reed returned to the area where he had seen Mitchell drop the object during the chase with Mitchell handcuffed in the back seat of the police car. Reed found a loaded .22-caliber revolver.

Reed removed Mitchell from the car for a pat-down and found 19 white pills in the front left pocket of Mitchell’s pants and a blue packet of 7H synthetic marijuana. There was also $59 in the back seat of the car.

The pills were later found to be a generic form of Vicodin.

“I was just trying to protect myself,” Mitchell told Reed shortly after being told he would be charged with illegal possession of a handgun. “I don’t know any better way.”

Mitchell was arrested in March 2013 for illegal possession of a handgun, but the case is ongoing and he has not been convicted.

The probable cause affidavit also stated that Mitchell had a juvenile criminal record including pointing firearms, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and several drug and residential entry charges.


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