‘Head-on’ driver charged now for meth

Charges stalled while waiting his fate

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A man in a head-on collision near Hoback Rim last April, who was airlifted and placed on life support in Idaho Falls, is recovered enough for the Sublette County Attorney’s Office to file felony drug charges against him.

Brock R. Mitchell, of Iona, Idaho, was driving his 2011 Dodge Ram pickup heading north on Highway 191 at 8 a.m. April 6, 2017. His truck crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound Peterbilt truck, seriously injuring its driver and passenger.

Mitchell, who was returning home after a stint in the Sublette gas field, was airlifted by helicopter to Idaho Falls in extremely guarded condition.

Law enforcement found 5 grams of alleged crystal meth on his person and 148.7 grams of alleged liquid meth in an orange Gatorade bottle in the back of his truck, according to court records.

Mitchell was charged on March 20 with felony possession of crystal meth and felony possession of liquid meth; each charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, a fine of $15,000 or both. He is also charged with misdemeanors of failing to drive in a single lane, reckless driving and possession of adulterants to defraud a drug or alcohol test.

Mitchell is scheduled to appear April 16 at 11 a.m. in Sublette County Circuit Court.

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