Matt Mitchell loses once again in bid for driver's license

News-DemocratSeptember 26, 2013 

Matt Mitchell in a BND file photo.

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Secretary of State Jesse White on Thursday once more denied ex-state trooper Matt Mitchell's request that his driving privileges be restored.

Mitchell, whose reckless driving caused the deaths of two sisters from Collinsville, had taken part in a hearing held in Mount Vernon in late July to restore his driver's license.

But White's office denied Mitchell's request on the grounds that "he has not satisfactorily accepted responsibility for his conduct," said David Drucker, a spokesman for White.

Mitchell crashed his squad car in late November 2007 while driving 126 mph on Interstate 64 near O'Fallon. He was using his cellphone and in-dash computer at the time of the crash that claimed the lives of Jessica Uhl, 18, and her sister, 13-year-old Kelli Uhl.

Mitchell may apply every three months for reinstatement of his license, Drucker said.

Mitchell, formerly of the Carlyle area but now a resident of Texas, has already requested a new hearing, according to Drucker.

In the July hearing, Mitchell said he needed a license to get a job and promised to never again drive or reside in Illinois.

This is the third time he has had license request denied.

Mitchell was sentenced to 30 months of probation after pleading guilty in 2010 to reckless driving.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.