POLICE BEAT

Taser used on North Anson woman after she hit officer with vehicle, police say

Posted April 27, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
Corliss Mitchell
Somerset County Sheriff’s Department
Corliss Mitchell

NORTH ANSON, Maine — A woman faces multiple charges after striking a Somerset County deputy with a vehicle on Thursday evening, fleeing from the scene and carrying a loaded, concealed handgun, according to Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

Corliss Mitchell, 59, of North Anson was arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, eluding a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, reckless conduct and assault with a deadly weapon, said Somerset County Lt. Carl Gottardi in a statement.

Deputy David Cole responded to a residence on Four Mile Square Road at 6:40 p.m. to stand by as a man retrieved a vehicle that was reported stolen months ago, according to Gottardi.

Mitchell, who was driving a green Ford pickup, initially blocked the driveway where the vehicle was parked. Cole ordered Mitchell to move her pickup. She eventually complied, but at some point put her truck in reverse and struck Cole with her truck, said Gottardi.

Cole ordered Mitchell to get out of the vehicle at gunpoint and attempted to arrest her. Mitchell refused to get out and then attempted to hit the vehicle the man was retrieving, according to Gottardi.

Gottardi said Mitchell then sped off and Cole followed in a pursuit during which speeds reached 80 mph.

At some point, Gottardi said, Mitchell pulled into a driveway and got out of the truck. As Cole approached her, she got back into the pickup and locked the doors, and Cole broke out the passenger side window. Mitchell fled on foot with Cole in pursuit.

While running after Mitchell, Cole saw a handgun in her shirt, according to Gottardi. Cole then deployed his Taser, which stopped Mitchell, and he arrested her.

Gottardi said Mitchell had a loaded handgun on her with another loaded magazine in her pocket.

Mitchell is being held at Somerset County Jail in Madison, with her initial bail set at $10,000 cash.

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