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Police: Speeding ticket set off attempted murder suspect

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YAMHILL COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A man who received a speeding ticket told the trooper he was a "dead man," setting off a series of events including a crash, a chase and ultimately an officer-involved shooting.

That's according to court documents in the case of Bryan Mitchell, 29, of Yamhill. He is charged with attempted murder.

His family said he's an Iraq war veteran with two little boys.

"Iraq does this to a lot of young people," said Mitchell's grandmother, who did not want to go on camera, outside the courtroom Monday. "It sends them over the edge. He was one person when he left and he's another total person when he came back."

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, OSP Senior Trooper Phil Richardson, accompanied by a civilian rider, made a traffic stop on a vehicle going 85 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on Highway 47 just north of McMinnville, investigators said.

After Richardson ticketed the driver for the speed violation, the driver left visibly angry southbound on Highway 47 and at some point turned around, detectives said.

As he was continuing southbound near Highway 99, the trooper said he saw Mitchell's car approaching from behind at a high rate of speed. It then slammed into the back of the OSP patrol car.

After the collision, Richardson attempted to overtake the suspect's car north toward Carlton, but lost sight of it.

A short time later, Carlton police located the vehicle and a chase ensued.

At one point, police said Mitchell pulled into a gravel area and attempted to ram a Yamhill County patrol car. That's when Yamhill officer Travis Van Cleave fired at the suspect's car.

A McMinnville police officer successfully deployed spike strips, bringing the chase to an end near the Meadowlake Road intersection at Old Moorse Valley Road.

Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies took the suspect into custody after deploying stun guns.

Mitchell was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center where doctors treated him for a minor gunshot wound.

He was arraigned Monday on charges including attempted aggravated murder, attempted assault, reckless driving and hit-and-run. He is in jail without bail and due back in court April 11.

Mitchell's grandmother told Fox 12 he doesn't need time behind bars. Instead, she wants him to get help.

"They need to know that he's suffering from a lot of things that happened to him there," she said, referring to Iraq.

Van Cleave, by standard protocol, is now on administrative leave.

OSP Trooper Nic Cederberg was in the area responded to the call and was involved in a minor injury single-vehicle crash. He was treated and released at the hospital.

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