A Jackson County, Ark., jail escapee was killed Tuesday during a police pursuit in Missouri.
Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mountain View, Mo. — about 140 miles north of Newport, Ark. Lawmen in Texas, Shannon and Howell counties had been on the alert after a spotting.
Lucas says police stopped the vehicle driven by Mitchell’s wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away. He was spotted still driving the vehicle about three hours later and crashed in Shannon County while again trying to elude officers.
A second inmate who escaped with Mitchell early Monday was recaptured earlier in Independence County.
Lucas says Mitchell’s wife — Jessica Mitchell — is being held for helping in the escape.