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SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL ROLL CALL
PERIOD ENDING 4/28/12

Fatalities
      3
DUI Arrests
  30
Injury Accidents
      7
Felony DUI Arrests
    4
Non-Injury Accidents
    30
Misd. Warrants Served
  16
Misd. Drug Arrests
    28
Felony Warrants Served
    0
Felony Drug Arrests
    15
Other Felony Arrests
    0
Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
      2
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
  42
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service
    65
   

ABERDEEN DISTRICT

April 22nd:

Trooper Hannan stopped a vehicle for traveling 101 mph in a 65 mph zone on US 83 at the Potter County / Walworth County line.

Trooper Nordquist discovered damage done to sign and a plastic fence marking the location of a closed road on 404th Avenue in Beadle County. While looking over the area, he discovered some vehicle debris and a license plate left at the scene. Following an investigation, Trooper Nordquist arrested a 19-year-old male for intentional damage to property.

April 23rd:

Troopers Maunu and Norman received information that a subject with a misdemeanor warrant from Roberts County was at a bar in Corona. They found the subject hiding in the bathroom.  He was taken into custody without incident.

Trooper Norman stopped a vehicle for a moving violation in rural Roberts County. An investigation revealed that the driver had two Roberts County misdemeanor warrants for failure to pay fines and a passenger had a Roberts County no bond warrant for failure to comply with sentence. The driver and passenger were taken into custody.

 

Trooper Schroeder investigated a rollover injury crash on SD 37 in Beadle County. The driver of a northbound vehicle swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway.  The vehicle left the roadway, entered the west ditch, and roll over three times. The driver received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Huron Regional Medical Center.  He was wearing his seatbelt.  The Huron Ambulance and Beadle County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

 

April 25th:

Trooper LaFramboise stopped a vehicle on US 12 near Mobridge. An investigation revealed that the driver had a Potter County warrant for insufficient funds. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

Trooper Korbel gave a safety presentation to the Huron Head Start Class. Topics covered included seatbelts, booster seats, and child safety seats.

April 26th:

Trooper Englund assisted the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Police with a subject who had been causing problems at the casino. The subject left on foot but was located by the tribal police. The subject had a misdemeanor warrant issued from Marshall County for simple assault. Trooper Englund took the subject into custody without incident.

While working at the Wolsey scale site, Trooper Korbel discovered that a male driver had an active arrest warrant issued from Lyman County for an insufficient funds check. The driver was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Beadle County Jail.

April 27th:

Trooper Pioske assisted a Roberts County deputy with a vehicle that went in the ditch approximately two miles west of Sisseton on SD 10.  The deputy was en route to a call for service when he came in contact with a male subject hitchhiking toward Sisseton.  The deputy turned the male subject over to Trooper Pioske when he arrived at the scene.  The deputy then made contact with the two occupants who were still in the vehicle. They identified the hitchhiking male as the driver. When Trooper Pioske went to speak with the passengers the driver fled on foot.  Troopers Pioske was unable to locate the suspect so he and Trooper Holman went to the suspect’s residence.  He was taken into custody and charged with DUI, obstructing law enforcement, and driving with a suspended driver license. He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest issued from Roberts County. The Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, Sisseton Police Department, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police Department assisted.

April 28th:

Trooper Lantz stopped a vehicle for a moving violation west of Fort Pierre on US 14.  An investigation revealed that the female passenger had two outstanding arrest warrants issued from Minnehaha County for vandalism and disorderly conduct.  She was taken into custody without incident.

Trooper Chamberlain gave a safety presentation to members of the Sons of Norway in Huron. Topics covered included seatbelts, safe driving, and DUI.

SIOUX FALLS DISTRICT

April 23rd:

Trooper Renteria conducted a Level 3 inspection on a semi-truck and trailer at the Jefferson Port of Entry.  Several overweight violations were addressed, including a 4,760 pounds overweight violation on the 1-5 bridge and a 6,880 pounds overweight violation on the 4-5 bridge.  The driver was cited accordingly.

 

April 24th:

Trooper Steen stopped a vehicle on Cliff Avenue and 49th Street.  An investigation revealed that the front seat passenger had recently smoked marijuana.  A search revealed marijuana and 50 prescription pills for which the subject did not have a prescription.  The subject was arrested on warrants, misdemeanor marijuana charges, and felony possession of a controlled substance.  

Trooper Welter stopped a Montana plated vehicle for a moving violation on I-90 near Lyman County.  Following an investigation, he requested Trooper Biehl and his Police Service Dog Zara to the scene.  A subsequent search revealed marijuana, prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia. The driver was charged accordingly. 

Sergeant Koenig responded to an injury crash in Gregory County at the intersection of 354th Avenue and US 18. The driver of a northbound GMC Suburban failed to stop at the intersection and was struck by an eastbound Ford Taurus.  Both occupants of the Taurus were wearing seatbelts.  All involved were transported to the Burke Hospital. 

April 25th:

Troopers Renteria and Thompson gave a highway safety presentation at the Regional Technical Training Center in Yankton.  More than 400 people were in attendance. 

Trooper Lord gave a safety presentation to the Chemistry Class at Mitchell High School.  He spoke about the dangers of using drugs. 

Trooper Weibrecht and Trooper Vargas responded to a crash in Brookings.  A transient removed his clothing and began to run back and forth on I-29 under the 6th Street overpass, prompting 911 calls to the Brookings Dispatch from passing motorists.  Unfortunately, the transient was struck by a southbound vehicle and fatally injured. An investigation revealed that the transient had been consuming alcoholic beverages before the incident.  The driver of the southbound vehicle was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.  He was arrested for DUI.  Trooper Wosje responded from Sioux Falls to assist and helped do forensic mapping of the scene.  The investigation is ongoing.  

April 26th:

Trooper Biehl stopped a Chevy Tahoe in Lyman County on I-90. Following an investigation, Police Service Dog Zara was deployed and a subsequent search revealed 40 pounds of marijuana.

April 27th:

Troopers Thompson and Jansen conducted a sobriety checkpoint on SD 52 in Yankton County. 

Trooper Petersen gave a safety presentation to the Parkston Driver Education Class.  He spoke about safe driving habits and the dangers of alcohol and drug use.

April 28th:

Trooper Biehl stopped a vehicle just west of Platte on SD 44.  He made contact with the 19-year- old male driver and detected the odor of alcohol coming from the interior of the vehicle. Following an investigation, a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, and alcohol. The driver was charged accordingly.

 

Sergeant Schmidt and Trooper Garcia responded to a fatal crash on US 18 near 466th Avenue in rural Lincoln County.  A 19-year-old westbound female driver traveled off the edge of the road and over overcorrected.  The vehicle rolled over several times and the driver was ejected from the vehicle and received fatal injuries.  The vehicle came to rest in a nearby field. The 19-year-old male passenger received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

RAPID CITY DISTRICT

April 22nd:

Trooper Fox responded to a motorcycle injury crash near Spearfish on Colorado Boulevard.  The motorcyclist lost control, traveled into the south ditch, and was thrown from the motorcycle.  The motorcycle then struck a power pole.  The motorcyclist was transported to the Spearfish Regional Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  He was arrested for DUI and reckless driving.

Trooper Albertson investigated a motorcycle injury crash in Wind Cave National Park on US 385. The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle left the roadway, collided with the end of a guardrail, and was thrown into the east ditch. The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle.  He received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital.  He was charged with careless driving and no insurance. Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Wind Cave Rangers and the Hot Springs Ambulance assisted.

April 25th:

Trooper Bock responded to a one-vehicle injury crash west of Rapid City on Nemo Road. The intoxicated driver was taken to the hospital and released.  The following day, Trooper Bock finished his investigation at the scene. He made contact with the driver and charged the individual accordingly.

Trooper Mez and troopers from the Southern Hills/Badlands and Rapid City Squads participated in the Freshman Impact Program at Wall. Students from Kadoka, Philip, and Wall High Schools attended the program.  It was a huge success.

April 26th:

 

Trooper Bader responded to a stabbing in the Walmart parking lot just as the suspect was running away. He and several witnesses gave chase and the suspect ran inside the Days Inn Hotel located just north of Walmart. Officers from the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and Highway Patrol quickly responded to the area and set up a perimeter around Days Inn. The suspect was found in a bathroom in Days Inn with self-inflicted knife wounds. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. The female victim of the stabbing died from her wounds. Troopers assisted the Rapid City Police Department with the investigation.

             

April 28th:

Trooper Oxner stopped a vehicle 15 miles east of Rapid City on I-90. While talking with the occupants, Trooper Oxner smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and hashish.  Both subjects were charged accordingly.  

Trooper Kartak investigated a fatal, head-on collision on SD 34 near Hayes.  The male driver of a pickup crossed the center line and struck a Dodge van head-on.  The two female occupants of the van were trapped inside until fire, medical, and rescue units freed them. The passenger in the van received fatal injuries.  The driver of the van and the driver of the pickup received serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup is facing multiple charges, including DUI.

MOTOR CARRIER

April 22nd:

 

Trooper Heuertz stopped a commercial vehicle en route from the oil fields in North Dakota to Arkansas. The driver did not have the proper permits in his possession and his vehicle also had numerous equipment violations.  Trooper Heuertz discovered that the truck had previously been stopped on two occasions in South Dakota and the driver had twice received written citations for no permits. Other violations had also been addressed during the traffic stops. Trooper Heuertz issued the driver three citations and thirteen warnings and sold him the proper permits.  

April 24th:

Inspector Lentz conducted a Level 3 inspection and found that the Nebraska driver had a Yankton County warrant.  The driver posted bond.

April 25th:

 

Inspector Graves conducted an inspection on SD carrier south of Corsica on US 281. He discovered that the unit transporting corn was 5,850 pounds overweight. The driver was required to offload the overweight portion to bring it to legal weight.  

April 26th:

 

Inspector Fischer discovered a truck to be overweight at the Midway scale.  The driver also had an active warrant from 1989 on a pending DUI conviction in Bennett County.  The driver was allowed to post bond.

Inspector Walters conducted a Level 2 inspection on a driver at the Tilford Port of Entry. He discovered alcohol in the vehicle. The driver was placed out-of-service for 24 hours.

Inspectors Erickson, Hastings and Trooper Moody gave a safety presentation to employees of Grand Electric and West River Telephone in Bison.  Thirty-two people attended. Topics discussed were seatbelt usage, logbook, load securement, and CDL’s.