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SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL ROLL CALL
PERIOD ENDING 7/28/12

Fatalities
      2
DUI Arrests
  34
Injury Accidents
    18
Felony DUI Arrests
    3
Non-Injury Accidents
    35
Misd. Warrants Served
  12
Misd. Drug Arrests
    19
Felony Warrants Served
    0
Felony Drug Arrests
      4
Other Felony Arrests
    0
Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
      4
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
  33
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service
    49
   

ABERDEEN DISTRICT

July 22nd:

Troopers Pioske and Carda responded to a crash approximately two miles southeast of Claremont.  A twelve-year-old operating an ATV lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road.  The ATV rolled into the ditch and the twelve-year-old was ejected from the vehicle. The ATV landed on top of him and trapped him in the water of a slough.  He died as a result.  He was not wearing a seatbelt or a helmet.  The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Groton Police Department, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Claremont Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Troopers Carda, Nordquist, and Korbel responded to a crash on a gravel road approximately seven miles southwest of Mansfield. A southbound motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve causing the motorcycle to travel into the ditch, cross another road, and roll over into the ditch. The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and received life-threatening injuries. The subject was transported to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. The crash is still under investigation.  The Spink County Sheriff’s Office, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Aberdeen Ambulance assisted at the scene.

July 24th:

Trooper Norman stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in Roberts County. An investigation revealed that the driver had four active arrest warrants for underage consumption and false personation. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

July 25th:

Trooper Norman stopped a vehicle that was reported for numerous driving complaints in Sisseton. The female driver was extremely incoherent and very sleepy.  Following an investigation, she was arrested for DUI drugs.  She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and for driving with a suspended license.

Trooper Serr and Recruit Hup gave a safety presentation to the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team. They discussed safety procedures for directing traffic. Following the presentation, the team members went to an intersection in Aberdeen and practiced directing traffic through the intersection. The presentation was well received.

July 26th:

Trooper Schroeder responded to an ATV crash west of Polo on SD 26. A ten-year-old female operating an ATV overcorrected causing the ATV to roll on its side and slid into the ditch. The 10-year-old received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. She was later flown a hospital in Aberdeen. The Hand County Ambulance and Hand County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. Her father was cited for allowing an unauthorized minor to operate the motor vehicle.

Trooper Johnson stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in Roberts County.  An investigation revealed that the female driver had an active arrest warrant issued from Roberts County for failure to appear.  The driver was taken into custody without incident.

Trooper Mohrmann responded to a non-injury crash west of Watertown on US 212.  Four vehicles were stopped behind an eastbound vehicle whose driver was making a right turn.  The driver of another eastbound vehicle came upon the stopped vehicles and failed to come to stop.  The driver entered into the ditch, returned to the roadway, and collided with the turning vehicle.  The driver was cited accordingly.

Trooper Norman investigated a crash south of the Peever exit on I-29. Three southbound vehicles collided when the driver of the lead vehicle made an illegal lane change while braking hard causing a chain reaction crash. A passenger in one vehicle received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. The Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police, and Grants- Roberts Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Trooper Lantz conducted an inspection on a semi-truck on US 83 in Lyman County. During the inspection, he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver. Following an investigation, the driver was cited for a detectable amount of alcohol and placed out-of -service.

June 27th:

Trooper Lantz stopped a vehicle for traveling 95 mph east of Hayes on US 14. The driver had been drinking and seemed quite impaired.  Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was placed under arrest for DUI and various other traffic violations.  

Trooper Norman assisted a Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal police officer with a traffic stop on non-trust land.  While speaking with the driver, Trooper Norman detected the strong odor of alcohol.  Following sobriety tests, the male driver was arrested for DUI.  A female passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody on three arrest warrants issued from Roberts County for underage consumption violations.

Trooper Mohrmann stopped a vehicle for speeding.  An investigation revealed that the driver had an active warrant for a seatbelt violation. The fine was collected and driver was released.

SIOUX FALLS DISTRICT

July 22nd:

Trooper Baker assisted the Tripp County Sheriff’s Office in responding to a grass fire along US 183.  Twenty acres burned.

July 23rd:

Trooper Petersen investigated an injury crash east of Presho on I-90. The driver of a westbound vehicle pulling a trailer overcorrected after drifting into the median. The vehicle entered the north ditch, slid sideways and rolled over onto its top.  Seatbelts were worn. 

July 24th:

Trooper Welter investigated an injury crash near Carter on US 18.  The driver of an eastbound Toyota fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle left the road and traveled approximately 850 feet in the ditch before vaulting over an approach.  The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was injured during the crash.

July 25th:

Trooper Wosje responded to a crash on I-90 near Sioux Falls. The driver of a van went off the roadway and collided with a semi parked in the construction zone. The driver of the van received serious but non-life-threating injuries. Following an investigation, the driver was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Trooper Lubbers investigated a crash west of Lake Andes on SD 50. The driver of a straight truck overcorrected after drifting to the shoulder of the road causing the truck to roll over. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and received only minor injuries. 

July 26th:

Trooper Heinrich investigated a crash on I-90 near Kennebec.  The driver of a pickup pulling a camper entered I-90 and then realized he was not going the direction of his destination, so he decided to take a crossover.  He turned in front of a motorcycle in the passing lane and the two vehicles collided. The motorcycle was dragged for a short distance and the rider received serious injuries. The driver of the pickup was cited accordingly.

Trooper Brandt investigated a crash on a gravel road approximately four miles east of Tripp on 287th Street.  The driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to slide off the road, enter the ditch, and roll several times. The driver exited the vehicle and walked to a nearby farm to get assistance. She received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Parkston Hospital.

July 28th:

Trooper Kurtz responded to a rollover crash north of the Worthing exit on I-29. The driver of a northbound Ford Escape started to changed lanes while attempting to pass a vehicle, but then noticed a vehicle was in the passing lane. She steered sharply to the right causing her vehicle to leave the roadway, enter the east ditch, slid sideways, and roll several times down a steep embankment.  An unrestrained two-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle. He received serious injuries and the driver received life-threatening injuries. They were airlifted to Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Trooper Welter, Sergeant Koenig, and the Gregory County Sheriff’s Department conducted a saturation patrol of the Herrick area during a street dance.

RAPID CITY DISTRICT

July 23rd:

Trooper Lyons and Sergeant Burke assisted local authorities in Newell in the aftermath of a severe storm that went through the area.  Several buildings suffered severe damage, large trees and power lines were knocked down, and lightning strikes caused several fires.

July 24th:

Trooper Mann responded to a crash on US 16 in Rockerville. A motorcyclist and his passenger were traveling in the passing lane when the driver of a Ford Escape changed from the driving lane into the passing lane attempting to enter Rockerville. The two vehicles made slight contact which caused the motorcycle to leave the roadway and strike the exit sign. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Rapid City Regional Hospital. The passenger on the motorcycle also suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown by Life Flight to the Rapid City Regional Hospital where she later died from her injuries. 

Trooper Ford investigated a crash at the west edge of Belle Fourche on US 212.  The driver of a tractor-trailer made an illegal U-turn and collided with a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and received serious injuries.  He was transported to Spearfish Regional Hospital and then to Rapid City Regional Hospital.  The Belle Fourche Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Belle Fourche Fire Department, and several other troopers assisted at the scene.

July 27th:

Trooper Collins investigated a crash one mile east of Sturgis on I-90.  The driver was under the influence of drugs and was combative.  He was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital.  The Sturgis Police Department, Lieutenant Miller, and Trooper Dirk assisted at the scene.

Troopers Watson and Regan gave a presentation to Security Forces at Ellsworth Air Force Base. They discussed the DRE program and the different identifying signs of impairment.

July 28th:

Trooper Oxner stopped two motorcycles on I-90 between Sturgis and Whitewood for speeding. Following an investigation, a search of the first motorcyclist revealed a knife and a concealed, loaded handgun. Trooper Koltz arrived on scene and deployed Police Service Dog Koda.  The first motorcyclist was allowed to leave. A search of the second motorcycle revealed approximately one gram of crystal meth. The motorcyclist and passenger were arrested and charged accordingly.

MOTOR CARRIER

July 22nd:

Inspector Walters weighed a vehicle that entered the Tilford Port of Entry.  He discovered that it was 5,620 lbs. overweight on the drive axles.

July 25th:

Inspector Veflin weighed a Manitoba carrier hauling potash at the Sisseton Port of Entry. He found a number of overweight violations and cited the Manitoba driver for being 7,620 pounds overweight on axles 2-5. The driver was allowed to continue after off-loading the overweight portion of the load.

Inspector Fischer conducted an inspection on a truck that entered the Sioux Falls Port of Entry.  He observed a six-pack of beer in plain sight.  The driver was issued a ticket and placed out-of-service for 24 hours.

Inspector Hastings discovered that a Nebraska driver had a cancelled CDL at the 79 scale site. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle was turned over to the company.

Inspector Thompson checked the fuel on a ND carrier who entered the Sisseton Port of Entry. The fuel appeared to be dyed and a sample was taken and sent in for testing.

July 28th:

Trooper Berndt stopped and weighed a local carrier hauling harvested wheat on US 212 near Gettysburg. He found several overweight violations and issued the driver a citation for being 10,300 pounds overweight on axles 2-5. The driver was escorted to a safe location to off-load.

Trooper Berndt stopped and weighed a carrier hauling a sprayer on US 212 near Gettysburg. He found the vehicle to be 5,100 pounds overweight on axles 4-5.  He issued the driver a citation for the overweight violation. The driver off-loaded the sprayer.

July 29th:

Inspectors Lounsbery and Steltz assisted K&J Trucking with their Truck Driving Championship practice. The inspectors created violations on a semi-tractor/trailer and the drivers had to find the violations.