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SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL ROLL CALL
PERIOD ENDING 01/01/11

Fatalities
      1
DUI Arrests
  27
Injury Accidents
    27
Felony DUI Arrests
    4
Non-Injury Accidents
    71
Misd. Warrants Served
  12
Misd. Drug Arrests
      7
Felony Warrants Served
    1
Felony Drug Arrests
      3
Other Felony Arrests
    0
Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
      1
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
  14
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service
    21
   

ABERDEEN DISTRICT

December 26th:

Trooper Lord stopped a vehicle for failure to yield outside of Pierre.  He also issued the driver a citation for not wearing a seatbelt. Two hours later, Trooper Lord responded to a rollover crash 30 miles west of Fort Pierre on US 14. Upon his arrival, he discovered it was the same driver he had issued the seatbelt citation to earlier in the day. The driver was uninjured and informed Trooper Lord that he did not think he would have survived the crash had he not been wearing his seatbelt.

During extremely cold weather conditions, Trooper Jensen and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a hitchhiker east of Aberdeen. Trooper Jensen located the hitchhiker.  He stated that he was a passenger of a vehicle that went into the ditch. The driver of the vehicle was not present. Trooper Jensen determined the address of the vehicle’s owner and went to his residence. After a lengthy investigation, the owner of the vehicle was arrested for DUI.

Trooper Renteria stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in Beadle County. He discovered that the driver had a arrest warrant issued from Minnehaha County for failure to pay a fine. The driver was taken into custody.  He posted bond and was released.

December 27th:

Trooper Erickson responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash approximately ten miles north of Hayes on SD 63. The driver lost control of her vehicle causing it to enter the east ditch and roll. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Trooper Berndt and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle in the ditch north of Aberdeen on Brown County 10.  The driver had left the scene, but Trooper Berndt was able to determine the address of the vehicle’s registered owner and went to the residence.  Following an investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI. 

December 29th:

Troopers Holman, Pioske, and Berndt responded to a fatality crash five miles north of Webster on SD 25. The driver of a northbound Chevrolet Lumina van drifted into the southbound lane on a hill and collided with a southbound John Deere tractor pulling farm equipment.  The driver of the van was fatally injured as a result of the crash. The passenger in van received serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Sanford Hospital in Webster. The driver of tractor was not injured. The crash is still under investigation. The Day County Sheriff’s Office, Webster Fire and Rescue, Christenson Ambulance, Webster Police Department, Day County Emergency Manager, and the Roslyn Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

Trooper Korbel responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash three miles east of Doland on US 212. The driver stated that an oncoming semi tractor-trailer’s high beam headlights caused him to lose sight of the road and enter the north ditch. After entering the ditch, the vehicle rolled and struck a tree. The driver received minor injuries. The Spink County Sheriff’s Office and Spink County Ambulance assisted at the scene.

December 30th:

The Watertown Squad assisted several stranded motorists on I-29 during the blizzard. 

December 31st:

Trooper Severyn responded to a Texas driver and his family who were stuck approximately ten miles south of Fort Pierre on SD 1806 during the blizzard. When Trooper Severyn arrived, the family was cold and thankful to see him. All occupants of the vehicle were transported to safety.

Trooper Johnson, Trooper Mohrmann, and Sergeant DeVaney spent the day assisting motorist stranded in the blizzard on I-29 in the Summit Hills area. 

Blizzard conditions impacted the Aberdeen Squad area causing nearly impossible driving conditions. Numerous vehicles went in the ditch but no serious crashes were reported.

Trooper Jensen and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stranded motorist west of Aberdeen on US12. A mother was attempting to get her sick child to the hospital in Aberdeen. Trooper Jensen located the vehicle and got the sick child placed in an ambulance. Everyone is safe and sound and doing fine. Aberdeen Fire and Rescue assisted with the rescue.

January 1st:

Trooper Hannan stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation three miles south of Pollock on SD 1804. He noticed that the driver had been drinking and subsequently arrested him for DUI. While running the driver license information, Trooper Hannan was informed that the driver had an arrest warrant issued from Minnehaha County for failure to pay fines on a previous DUI conviction.

Troopers Berndt and Holman assisted with a blood relay from Mitchell to Aberdeen.

Troopers Berndt and Holman assisted with the search for an overdue motorist on his way to Aberdeen. The subject was found safe in Aberdeen.

Trooper Lindner assisted the Watertown Squad in clearing the interstate after the winter blizzard. He issued two citations to motorists who were found to be driving on the closed interstate system.

SIOUX FALLS DISTRICT

December 27th:

Trooper Gacke investigated a crash on I-29 just south of I-229 near Sioux Falls. While attempting to pass a car, the driver of a southbound pickup lost control, crossed the median, and struck a northbound vehicle. A passenger in the pickup and a passenger in the car suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Knutson was investigating a crash on southbound I-229 near the 10th Street exit in Sioux Falls. He was seated in his patrol car with the driver involved in the crash when a southbound vehicle traveling at 65 mph crashed into the rear of his patrol car. The driver stated that she did not realize the road was icy. Trooper Knutson received minor injuries from the crash.

December 29th:

Trooper Halm responded to a one-vehicle rollover approximately ten miles west of Beresford on SD 46.  While traveling at 65 mph, the driver of a westbound Ford Escort came upon a snow and slush covered area of the road causing the vehicle to hydroplane.  The driver lost control causing the vehicle to enter the north ditch, roll over, and come to rest on its top. Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts. The driver was not injured. The passenger recently had undergone heart surgery and was transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital for evaluation.

December 31st:

A severe winter storm traveled through the state causing very slippery roads and zero visibility.  Troopers responded to several crashes and motorists in the ditch.  The interstates were closed north and west of Sioux Falls. The motorists who traveled on the closed roads were cited accordingly.

At 1900 hours, Trooper DeKramer traveled on I-29 south of the Baltic exit looking for any motorists who failed to heed the interstate closure.  He observed a southbound GMC van and stopped the driver for driving on the closed interstate. It became apparent to Trooper DeKramer that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was placed under arrest for DUI.

January 1st:

Around 0330 hours, Trooper Kurtz was traveling westbound on SD 38 when he observed a pickup enter I-90 eastbound from Hartford.  Since the interstate was closed, Trooper Kurtz caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. It became evident that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI.

RAPID CITY DISTRICT

December 27th:

Captain Karley, Lieutenant Berkley, Sergeant Kinney, Troopers Albertson, Barrick, and Mann responded to a man lying on the side of a rural Custer County road east of Hermosa. The man, who was found by a local rancher, had life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Life Flight to the Rapid City Regional Hospital.  DCI was called to assist the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the aggravated assault. Troopers assisted DCI by recording a forensic map of the crime scene.

December 29th:

Trooper Moody investigated a single-vehicle rollover crash on US 85 in Butte County. The driver had the cruise control set and lost control on the icy road causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and roll. The three occupants in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and received only minor injuries. Trooper Moody was on the scene of the crash, when he saw another vehicle slide into the ditch approximatley 1/2 mile up the road. The driver increased his speed after passing the crash scene and lost control of his vehicle causing it to enter the ditch. The driver was cited accordingly.

Trooper Moody responded to a crash on SD 79 in Harding County. The driver of a tractor-trailer en route to Colorado lost control on the slippery road and entered the ditch causing the tractor-trailer to roll onto its side. Trooper Moody assisted the Harding County Sheriff in unloading the cattle trapped in the trailer. The roof of the trailer had to be cut away to let the cattle out. Sorum/Reva Fire Department and local ranchers assisted at the scene.

December 30th:

A winter storm with heavy snowfall and high winds came through the area. Troopers responded to several crashes caused by the inclement weather.

Sergeant Kinney, Trooper Hall, and Trooper Rybak responded to a non-injury crash near Hayward on SD 40. The driver of a tractor-trailer lost control while traveling down a steep grade on the snow covered and slippery roadway.  The tractor trailer jack-knifed and crashed through a guardrail. The driver was not injured. It took five hours for tow trucks to remove the wreckage.

December 31st:

Trooper Fox assisted the Spearfish Police Department with a vehicle in the ditch. The driver tried to run when Trooper Fox started the DUI investigation. The individual was arrested after a short foot pursuit. The driver was charged with a misdemeanor drug charge in addition to a felony DUI charge.

 

January 1st:

Trooper Bader responded to a vehicle stuck in the ditch on SD 79 near Rapid City. The female driver was attempting to remove the vehicle from the ditch. She was subsequently arrested for DUI.

Trooper Bock assisted a Lawrence County Deputy with a structure fire in St. Onge. The fire was quickly extinguished.

MOTOR CARRIER

December 27th:

 

Inspector Blair conducted a Level 3 safety inspection on a Florida driver.  It was discovered that the driver had a warrant out of Florida for bad checks, fraud, and failure to appear. 

 

December 29th:

 

Motor Carrier Officer London conducted a safety inspection on a commercial motor vehicle at the Midway scale.  The passenger in the vehicle was found to have an arrest warrant issued from Michigan.  The passenger was placed into custody and transported to the Yankton County Jail.

December 31st:

Due to the winter storm, I-29 was closed to traffic. Sergeant Meland checked the area for stranded vehicles. At approximately 10:00 a.m., he observed a motor home as well as a pickup pulling a camper parked at the Glacial Lakes Rest Area near the North Dakota border. The occupants in the motor home were in the process of carrying items to the rest area as they were almost out of propane for their furnace. The couple and young child in the camping trailer had run out of propane for their furnace the night before and were heating their camper with an electric space heater. The heater was barely keeping the camper above freezing. Sergeant Meland had the Department of Transportation plow the driveway to the rest area.  He assisted both families as they traveled in their vehicles to the Super 8 in Sisseton.

January 1st:

Inspector Steltz weighed a tractor semi-trailer at the Sioux Falls Port of Entry and discovered the vehicle to be 5,380 pounds overweight.