POLICE: Inmate escapes work detail, crashes stolen truck, attempts to hijack vehicle

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The following is a news release from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Mugshot: IDOC

NEWDALE — On April 15, Fremont County Sheriff officials received multiple 911 calls about a possible fight along U.S. 33 in Newdale.

Deputies from Fremont County as well as officers from the St. Anthony Police Department responded to the reported fight.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the suspect, 23-year-old Austin Mitchell, an Idaho Department of Corrections St. Anthony work camp inmate on work detail, had escaped his place of employment and had stolen a pickup truck.

Mitchell then crashed the truck and attempted to carjack another vehicle but was unsuccessful.

Law enforcement arrived and took Mitchell into custody where he is being held in the Fremont county Jail on multiple charges.

Mitchell could face new charges including escape, grand theft and driving under the influence.

He was serving time for possession of a controlled substance out of Bingham County.

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