Remer woman sentenced for recent pursuit

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

WALKER– A Remer woman pleaded guilty to felony fleeing a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.

According to a release from the Cass County Attorney’s Office, Julia Marie Mitchell-Jenkins entered the plea last week.

The plea agreement called for an executed prison sentence on the fleeing charge, sentencing her to over a year in prison, and one year concurrent for the possession charge.

On April 25, a Leech Lake Tribal Officer stopped a vehicle for an expired license in Cass Lake. While the officer was speaking with the driver, Mitchell-Jenkins slid over to the driver’s seat and took off in the car, leading officers on a chase exceeding speeds of 90 miles per hour and lasting roughly 40 miles.

Julia Mitchell-Jenkins. Photo courtesy of the Cass County Jail.

Mitchell-Jenkins, when the vehicle was finally stopped, refused to exit the vehicle, and when officers broke the driver’s side window they found she had put a loaded hypodermic needle in her mouth, later testing positive for methamphetamine.

Mitchell-Jenkins had a felony warrant for her arrest at the time of the pursuit. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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