Chase leads to arrest

BROOKINGS – A suspicious vehicle was reported to authorities and after a chase, a Sioux Falls man was arrested on a parole absconder warrant, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of 54th Street in rural Brookings. The vehicle was parked near a cell tower, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said.

When deputies arrived, “the vehicle drove away at a high rate of speed, north on Medary Avenue,” he said.

The vehicle turned into a gravel pit near 472nd Avenue and Highway 30 while eluding law enforcement. The vehicle stopped and the driver fled on foot.

“The registered owner was Jeremy Swenson, who was found to have a revoked driver’s license and was a parole absconder,” Sebring said.

Law enforcement from Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Police, South Dakota Highway Patrol and South Dakota State University Police Department conducted a search for the driver.

“The driver, Jeremy Swenson, was located over one mile south of the location in a snow-covered field. Jeremy was arrested and transported to the Brookings hospital for medical clearance due to the below-zero temperatures and was released,” Sebring said.

Swenson was arrested for the parole absconder warrant, driving while revoked, failure to maintain financial responsibility and careless driving. 

He is currently being held at the Brookings County Detention Center, Sebring said.

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