High risk inmate taken to hospital

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. Dartanin Mitchell, who has previously escaped from custody, was taken to the Gunnison Valley Hospital after showing signs of distress during transport on Thursday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell was being transported from facilities in the Pueblo/Canyon City area back to Mesa County when he started showing signs of distress. They took him to the emergency room of the Gunnison Valley Hospital and he was diagnosed by medical professionals and stabilized for medical ambulance transport.

Indications lead the MCSO to believe a substance(s) was ingested by Mitchell prior to being picked up for transport.

Mitchell previously escaped from the custody of a private transport contractor in the Kansas area, and was eventually apprehended in the Denver Metro area.

He is currently serving a prison sentence for armed robberies and assaults that he committed while on escape status in the Denver area, and was being brought to Mesa County for an upcoming court hearing associated with a local case.

Upon return to Grand Junction, Mitchell was admitted into a local hospital and is currently under heavy guard by MCSO deputies. Mitchell will be booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility once he's medically released.

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