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Mitchell man charged with eluding for August vehicle chase

A Mitchell man was charged in late December with aggravated eluding for a vehicle chase that occurred in August. James Spino, 24, was charged with aggravated eluding stemming from an incident in which he allegedly drove through several stop signs...

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A Mitchell man was charged in late December with aggravated eluding for a vehicle chase that occurred in August.

James Spino, 24, was charged with aggravated eluding stemming from an incident in which he allegedly drove through several stop signs and ran from police in Mitchell.

On Aug. 14, a vehicle was allegedly spotted driving eastbound on Third Avenue, a one-way westbound street in Mitchell, in a Ford Explorer near the intersection with Rowley Street with its lights off.

After an officer activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, the driver made several turns at speeds between 30 and 40 mph, court documents state. The officer followed the vehicle across Burr Street, where it drove through a stop sign.

The driver allegedly drove through four more stop signs before slowing down in an open lot in the 900 block of East Birch Avenue, court documents state. A man exited the vehicle and escaped through a field while the vehicle continued to roll forward.

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The man was later identified as Spino, and he was charged with aggravated eluding, a Class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine; reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine; and driving without a license, a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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