Woman arrested after Leech Lake pursuit

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

CASS LAKE– A 35-year-old Remer woman was arrested last Thursday following a vehicle pursuit near Cass Lake.

According to a release, a Leech Lake Tribal Police Officer initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle with an expired license plate. During the stop where the officer was speaking with the driver, the passenger, Julia Mitchell-Jenkins, slid over to the driver’s side and took off in the silver Honda Civic.

Spike strips were deployed on Cass County Road 172 but were unsuccessful. The Civic eventually came to a stop at a residence on Boy Lake Drive, where Mitchell-Jenkins put the vehicle in reverse and rammed a Leech Lake Tribal Police squad car.

The pursuit ended when an officer pinned the vehicle up against a handicapped ramp of a residence on Boy Lake Drive.

Mitchell-Jenkins is currently in the Cass County Jail on numerous charges, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Leech Lake Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

Julia Mitchell-Jenkins, 35. Photo courtesy of the Cass County Jail.

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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