Federal jury convicts Jerome man after high-speed chase and stand-off with police

Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 18:33:05-04

Daniel Mills, 41, of Jerome was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury in Boise for unlawful possession of guns, following a high-speed pursuit and a stand-off with police earlier this year.

Mills was indicted February 9 of this year.

During the two-day trial, the jury heard evidence that Mills, a convicted felon who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a federal warrant for a supervised release violation, was driving through Jerome at about 2:15 a.m. on January 11 of this year, when a Jerome County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop him for a broken taillight, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise.

Mills fled in his car, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.  Mills’ car then became disabled after he crashed through a fence and hit a parked vehicle. 

Mills refused commands from officers to step out of the vehicle and repeatedly stuck the barrel of a shotgun outside of the driver’s window, the release said. 

The armed stand-off lasted several hours before a Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office hostage negotiator talked Mills out of the car and he was arrested without incident. 

Inside the car, deputies found a loaded shotgun and a loaded .25 pistol.  At the time Mills was in possession of the firearms, he was on supervised release for a prior federal conviction for unlawfully possessing a gun. 

Mills has previously been convicted of assault with intent to commit a serious felony, aiding and abetting delivery of controlled substance, escape, forgery, and possession of controlled substance, the release stated.

Mills faces up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of firearms.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced January 12 of next year at the federal courthouse in Boise.