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SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL ROLL CALL
PERIOD ENDING 8/24/13

Fatalities
      1
DUI Arrests
    45
Injury Accidents
    14
Felony DUI Arrests
      3
Non-Injury Accidents
    22
Misd. Warrants Served
    28
Misd. Drug Arrests
    29
Felony Warrants Served
      1
Felony Drug Arrests
      8
Other Felony Arrests
      0
Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
      4
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
    23
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service
    46
   

HEADQUARTERS/POLICE SERVICE DOGS

August 20th:

Trooper Biehl stopped a vehicle for a moving violation on I-90 in Brule County. Following an investigation, Police Service Dog Zara was deployed.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed digital scales, drug paraphernalia, hash, and approximately five ounces of marijuana. The driver and passenger were arrested and charged accordingly.

August 21st:

Trooper Jensen stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation approximately five miles east of Redfield on US 212.  Following an investigation, Police Service Dog Bobby was deployed.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed marijuana, a marijuana pipe, and two hash brownies.  The driver and passenger were placed under arrested and charged accordingly. 

August 23rd:

Sergeant Oxner stopped a pickup pulling a U-Haul trailer on I-90 near New Underwood. Following an investigation, a search revealed marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, meth, heroin, Adderall, Diazepam, Ritalin, Oxycontin, methyl hydrochloride, alprazolam, hydrocodone, lorazepam, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Sergeant Oxner and Trooper Bader arrested four of the six occupants.  They were charged accordingly and taken to the Pennington County Jail.

August 24th:

Sergeant Oxner conducted a traffic stop on a pickup east of Box Elder on I-90. Following an investigation, a search revealed marijuana, cocaine, hash, and $42,300 in US currency hidden under the liner of a suitcase. The driver and passenger were charged accordingly.  

ABERDEEN DISTRICT

August 20th:

Trooper Holman gave a safety presentation to employees of the Ottertail Power Company in Grant County.  The presentation was well received.

Trooper Carda responded to the Aberdeen Driver Licensing Exam Office regarding a subject who had applied for a new driver license but had an active warrant from Grant County for failing to appear on a previous charge.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Brown County Jail.

August 21st:

Trooper Pallesen stopped a vehicle for a moving violation in Roberts County.  During the course of the stop, he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver.  Following field sobriety tests, the driver was taken into custody for DUI.

August 23rd:

Troopers Chamberlain and Tow responded to a crash north of Huron. The driver of a northbound cement truck drifted onto the gravel shoulder of the road and overcorrected causing the truck to roll onto its passenger side. The driver was wearing a seatbelt.  He received minor injuries and was transported by the Huron Ambulance to the Huron Regional Medical Center.  The Beadle County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

August 24th:

Trooper Pallesen investigated a crash in Day County.  A motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.  The motorcycle entered the south ditch and the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle.  She was not wearing a helmet and sustained life threatening injuries.

Trooper DeGrote and Sergeant Stahl responded to a crash six miles west of Pierre on SD 34.  A westbound motorcyclist collided with a deer crossing the roadway. The collision caused the motorcycle to go down and slid into the north ditch. The motorcyclist received serious injuries and was transported to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.  The Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, SD Game, Fish & Parks, and AMR Ambulance assisted at the scene.

SIOUX FALLS DISTRICT

August 18th:

Sergeant Kurtz and two other troopers from District 2 assisted Crow Creek BIA officers at the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Pow Wow in Ft. Thompson.  The troopers were well received and it was a good experience for all involved.

August 19th:

Trooper Hansen stopped to assist a stranded motorist on I-29 near Elk Point.  An investigation revealed that the driver had a warrant issued from Roberts County for ingestion.  A search revealed methamphetamine and marijuana.  The driver was arrested and transported to the Union County Jail.

August 20th:

Trooper Bassett investigated a crash approximately eight miles west of Humboldt on I-90.  A driver was traveling at 78 mph in dense fog and rear-ended a vehicle traveling at 40 mph. The driver of the front vehicle was transported to the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Trooper Podzimek investigated a crash at the intersection of US 81 and US 18 in Hutchinson County.  A westbound vehicle stopped for the stop sign, but failed to yield to a northbound vehicle.  The two vehicles collided in the intersection. Both drivers received injuries and were transported to the Freeman Regional Hospital.

August 21st:

Trooper DeKramer stopped a vehicle for a moving violation on I-29 near Sioux Falls. Following an investigation, a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The male driver was subsequently arrested for DUI and drug charges and was transported to jail. Troopers Hogan and Korbel determined that two juvenile female passengers were also under the influence of cannabis. The juvenile females were transported to the Volunteers of America in Sioux Falls to await their parents.

August 23rd:

Trooper Campbell stopped a Washington plated vehicle for expired plates on I-90 near Kimball.  Following an investigation, a search revealed marijuana and controlled substance pills.  Two female occupants were taken into custody on drug charges.

Trooper Murray stopped a vehicle for speeding on I-229 in Sioux Falls. During the course of the stop he detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. An investigation revealed that the subject was driving with a suspended driver license and had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. A search revealed more than a pound of marijuana, 2.25 ounces of hashish, and drug paraphernalia. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI drugs. She was charged accordingly for the other drug offenses and was transported to the Minnehaha County Jail.

The Mitchell Squad conducted a sobriety checkpoint approximately three miles west of Mitchell on 254 Street.

August 24th:

Trooper Hanson stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on SD 42 near Ethan. The driver attempted to avoid Trooper Hanson by turning off into a farmyard driveway.  It was determined that the driver did not have a valid driver license.  She also had three Minnehaha County warrants. She was arrested and transported to the Davison County Jail.  

Trooper DeKramer observed a northbound vehicle traveling at 119 mph on I-229 in Sioux Falls.  The vehicle exited I-229 and turned east on E. 10th Street.  When Trooper DeKramer activated his emergency lights, the driver braked but continued to travel at a slow speed before coming to a stop on Thompson Avenue. He made contact with the five male occupants of the vehicle and detected the odor of marijuana.  Following an investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana, ingestion of marijuana, speeding, no driver license, and no vehicle insurance. He was transported to the Minnehaha County Jail. The Sioux Falls Police Department assisted with the passengers.  Two passengers were arrested for possession of marijuana and one passenger was arrested for false impersonation and warrants.

RAPID CITY DISTRICT

August 17th:

Trooper Albertson responded to a crash three miles east of Custer on US 16.  A motorcyclist came upon a Honda CRV that was stopped on the roadway waiting for traffic to clear before making a left turn onto Village Road.  The motorcyclist braked causing the motorcycle to skid, roll over, and slide into the Honda CVR. The driver and passenger of the Honda CRV were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. The motorcyclist received life-threatening injuries and the passenger on the motorcycle received minor injuries.  They were transported to Custer Regional Hospital. Both were wearing helmets.  The Custer County Sheriff’s Office and the Custer Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

August 19th:

Trooper Barrick assisted the Hermosa Town Marshal regarding a possible stolen vehicle. Trooper Barrick conducted an investigation and determined that the vehicle was stolen. The driver was taken into custody and charged accordingly.

August 20th:

Troopers Bock and Olson responded to a hit-and-run crash two miles west of Summerset on I-90.  The driver of a Cadillac Escalade fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended a 2009 Hyundai Elantra causing the Elantra to enter the ditch and roll over.  The driver of the Escalade fled the scene and was later located by Trooper Bock at a truck stop in Rapid City. The driver and passengers in the Escalade were not wearing seatbelts and received non-life threatening injuries. They were taken by ambulance to the Rapid City Regional Hospital. The driver of the Elantra was wearing a seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries. The Summerset Police Department, Rapid City Fire and Rescue, and the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

August 22nd:

The Northern Hills Squad held a sobriety point in Lawrence County.  

Augusts 23rd:

Troopers Fox, Derby, Schopp and Sergeant Burke investigated a crash 23 miles west of Lead on US 85. The driver of a 1957 Chevy overcorrected after swerving off the right edge of the road.  The Chevy crossed into the oncoming traffic lane and collided head-on with an Acura.  The driver and passenger in the Chevy and the passenger in the Acura received fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the Acura received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Spearfish Regional Hospital.  He was later transported by Life Flight to the Rapid City Regional Hospital.  The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Lead-Deadwood Fire Department, and Lawrence County Emergency Management also assisted at the scene. 

August 24th:

Trooper Hamar assisted the Pierre Squad and the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office with a sobriety checkpoint in Stanley County.  

Trooper Hamar responded to a crash in the Badlands National Park on SD 240.  A motorcyclist traveled off the roadway and entered the north ditch.  The motorcycle rolled throwing the motorcyclist from the bike. The motorcyclist received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by the Kadoka Ambulance to the Rapid City Regional Hospital. The subject was not wearing a helmet.  Neither speed nor alcohol was a contributing factor of the crash. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Badlands National Park Service assisted at the scene.

MOTOR CARRIER

Inspectors Rutz, Walters, Hastings, Erickson and Trooper Moser took turns manning the SDHP Safety Booth at the Central States Fair during the week. The booth is shared with the ladies from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). 

August 20th:

 

Inspectors Bakke, Dykstra, and Schmidt gave a safety presentation to employees of Otter Tail Power Company in Milbank.  They discussed Federal Motor Carrier safety regulations.

August 21st:

 

Trooper Berndt stopped a SD carrier hauling wheat on SD 10 near Leola. The three-axle straight truck was weighed and found to be 6,200 pounds overweight on the drive tandem. The SD driver was issued a citation for the overweight violations and was escorted to the elevator to offload.

Trooper Moser assisted Butte County deputies and the Belle Fourche Police Department with an escaped prisoner. The escapee was spotted in an area near the railroad tracks.  A perimeter was established and the area was searched. The escapee was found hiding under a camper parked in an alley and was taken into custody without incident.

August 22nd:

 

Trooper Berndt stopped a SD carrier hauling wheat four miles west of Leola on SD 10. The two-axle straight truck was weighed and found to be 8,900 pounds overweight on the drive axle. The SD driver was issued a citation and was escorted to a safe location to offload.

Trooper Berndt stopped a SD carrier hauling wheat on US 12 in Bowdle. The three axle straight truck was weighed and found to be 9,680 pounds overweight. The truck was also found to be operating on dyed fuel. The SD driver was issued a citation and escorted to the elevator to offload.

Inspectors Fischer and Lentz gave a safety presentation to employees of the Eastern Electric Company in Mitchell. Topics discussed were hours of service, CDL’s, load securement, and pre/post inspections. 

August 23rd:

 

Inspector Stapleton weighed a tractor semi-trailer at the Sioux Falls Port of Entry and discovered the vehicle to be 8,820 pounds overweight. Enforcement action was taken.

August 24th:

 

Trooper Torok inspected a tractor semi-trailer on US18 near Canton.  An investigation revealed that the driver had two active warrants issued for his arrest. One warrant was issued from Pennington County for an unpaid logbook citation and the other warrant was issued from Lincoln County for failure to appear. The driver posted bond on the warrants and was allowed to continue his trip.

Manager Barto conducted a safety inspection on an Iowa driver at the Jefferson Port of Entry.  An investigation revealed that the driver had an active warrant issued from the state of Missouri for hit-and-run.  

August 19th – 24th:

 

Sergeant Koll and Inspector Fields attended the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) in Salt Lake City, UT.  Inspector Fields competed against representatives from other states and Canadian provinces.  The elements of the competition are Level 1 full vehicle inspection, bulk hazardous materials inspection, non-bulk hazardous materials inspection, motor coach inspection, and a written test.  Sergeant Koll served as a judge for the Level 1 and motor coach inspections.   This year’s grand champion was Derek Canard from the Arkansas State Highway Police.