Chase ends in arrests

BPD: Driver had warrants out of multiple counties, arrested on several charges

BROOKINGS – Two people were arrested on multiple charges after a pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph and involved both the Brookings Police and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers reported.

An officer attempted to stop a vehicle at Main Avenue South and 12th Street South around 3 p.m. Saturday, Powers said.

The vehicle failed to stop for the officer’s red lights, so he activated the siren, but the vehicle didn’t stop then either, going west out of town on 20th Street South, Powers said.

“We were assisted by Brookings County deputies in the pursuit,” Powers said.

The vehicle was going south on 459th Avenue and reached estimated speeds of 100 mph, Powers said.

“At the intersection with 221st Street, the vehicle did stop as a result of – it appears to be a mechanical failure. The driver fled on foot from them. There was a passenger in the vehicle which was taken into custody,” Powers said.

The 40-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on suspicion of several drug-related charges, he added.

“Drug-related items were found in the vehicle,” Powers said.

“Deputies and officers pursued the driver on foot. I think also the Sheriff’s Office K-9 was utilized with that and they were able to apprehend the driver,” Powers said.

The driver, a 36-year-old Sioux Falls man, was found to have several warrants out of different counties, including Minnehaha County and Union County in South Dakota, and Dakota County in Nebraska. He was on probation and had a revoked driver’s license, Powers said.

“As he was being arrested, he resisted the officers,” Powers said.

“It was believed he was under the influence of illegal drugs,” Powers said, adding lab test results are pending.

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, aggravated eluding, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and resisting arrest, among other charges, Powers said.

He was transported to the Brookings County Detention Center.


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