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SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL ROLL CALL
PERIOD ENDING 11/21/09

Fatalities
    1
DUI Arrests
32
Injury Accidents
  17
Felony DUI Arrests
  2
Non-Injury Accidents
  85
Misd. Warrants Served
16
Misd. Drug Arrests
  17
Felony Warrants Served
  2
Felony Drug Arrests
    5
Other Felony Arrests
  3
Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
    3
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
51
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service
  58
   

SD HIGHWAY PATROL WEEKLY NEWS

Lieutenant Sheldon and Police Service Dog Jet, along with Trooper Swets and Police Service Dog Karlo, completed Advanced Patrol Dog recertification in Sioux Falls.

The Narcotics Detector Dog Training was completed in Pierre on November 20th.  Lieutenant Sheldon conducted the 6 week class which culminated in the initial certification for 8 dog teams.   

ABERDEEN DISTRICT

November 16th:

When Trooper Eng stopped a vehicle on I-29 in Codington County, he discovered a bag with marijuana, a bag with white powder, and drug paraphernalia. A passenger was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Another passenger was served four misdemeanor warrants from Roberts County.

Trooper Snyder assisted the Mobridge Police Department and the Mobridge Fire Department with the search for an individual who was missing from a Mobridge nursing home. After an hour and a half search, contact was made with the individual’s family in Eagle Butte stating that he was safe with them.

November 17th:

Troopers Englund and Johnson, along with Motor Carrier Inspector Bakke, gave a safety presentation on defensive driving to the Ottertail Power Company in Milbank.

Trooper Berndt responded to a one-vehicle rollover on 372nd Avenue, approximately 10 miles southeast of Roscoe. When the driver of a GMC Sierra swerved to miss a deer, he lost control of the pickup, causing it to leave the roadway and roll approximately three times before coming to rest on its roof. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He received serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by CareFlight helicopter to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. Speed appears to be a factor. Assisting at the scene were the Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office, the Roscoe Fire Department and the Ipswich Fire Department.

November 18th:

Trooper Maunu was called to investigate a two-vehicle injury crash on US 12 in Big Stone City. The driver of an eastbound minivan crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a semi tractor and trailer. The semi overturned, causing a small leak of anhydrous ammonia to occur. Some Big Stone City residents were temporarily evacuated and traffic was detoured while the anhydrous ammonia was pumped to another trailer and the leak was cleaned up. Both the driver of the minivan and the driver of the semi were transported to the Ortonville Hospital in Minnesota where they were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the minivan was arrested by Trooper Maunu for DUI. Assisting at the scene were the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Big Stone Police Department, Ortonville Police Department, Milbank Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Lac Qui Parle County (MN) Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources, Office of Emergency Management, Big Stone Fire Department, Ortonville Fire Department, Milbank Fire Department and Ortonville Ambulance.

Trooper Berndt responded to a two vehicle injury crash on 2nd Street in Aberdeen. The driver of a northbound Jeep Cherokee drifted to the side of the road and struck a legally parked pickup. The driver of the Jeep received minor injuries and was taken by Aberdeen Fire and Rescue to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. The driver appeared to have been eating a sandwich and was cited for careless driving. Assisting at the scene were the Aberdeen Police Department and Aberdeen Fire and Rescue. The pickup that was struck belongs to the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Trooper Snyder received a report from the Mobridge Police Department stating that an employee of K&K Salvage was following two male subjects who were traveling in a Ford Ranger.  The two male subjects had attempted to sell new copper wire at the salvage yard.  Also, when the Ford Ranger was at the salvage yard, it was not displaying license plates. The K & K Salvage employee continued to follow the vehicle until Trooper Snyder was able to make contact with it on US 12, one mile south of Selby. Upon approaching the vehicle, Trooper Snyder observed numerous cut sections of new cooper wire in the bed of the Ranger. Both male subjects were from the Bismarck / Mandan, North Dakota area. When they were interviewed, their stories did not match. Contact was made with US Probation, Bismarck Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota and it was learned that the subjects were suspects in a theft ring in North Dakota which had sold approximately $20,000 in copper stolen from FPD Power in Mercer County. A wire cutter, which matched the description of wire cutters stolen from the FPD work site, was found in the vehicle. Both subjects were taken into custody and booked at the Walworth County Jail for possession of stolen property. US Probation and North Dakota Probation placed holds on both subjects. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be filing further charges. Approximately $3,000.00 worth of copper was found in the bed of the Ranger. 

November 20th:

Trooper Englund gave a safety presentation, regarding the use of safety belts, to students at Rosholt School. The Rollover Simulator was used for the presentation.

Trooper Sorensen responded to a two-vehicle crash in Hamlin County. The driver of a vehicle, traveling south on 464th Avenue, failed to stop at the intersection of  SD 22 and collided with a vehicle that was traveling east on SD 22. The driver of the southbound vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the eastbound vehicle received life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office, the Deuel County Sheriff’s Office and Careflight assisted at the scene.

Trooper Lantz was contacted by the Pierre Police Department Dispatch to respond to the Hughes County Jail where a subject was turning himself in for the theft of a vehicle. When Trooper Lantz arrived, he had the subject sit in his patrol car. An interview with the subject revealed that he had stolen a garbage truck from Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen and drove it to Highmore, where he parked it, as it was almost out of gas. The subject then caught two separate rides into Pierre. The subject wanted to turn himself in for fear that he would steal another vehicle in Pierre if he didn’t turn himself in. Contact was made with Highmore Police Department and the vehicle was located near a business. The 31-year-old male from Aberdeen was charged with grand theft.

The Huron Squad, with the assistance of the Spink County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a sobriety check in rural Spink County. Twenty-two vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Five preliminary breath tests were given. No DUI arrests were made.

November 21st:

Around 1045 hours, Trooper Meland stopped a vehicle in Peever and arrested the female driver for 4th offense felony DUI. The female subject also had a felony warrant and a misdemeanor warrant. She was taken into custody and transported to the Roberts County Jail.

Trooper Stearns responded to an injury crash on US 12, three miles west of Mina. Early in the morning, while it was still dark, the driver of a westbound Chevy S-10 pickup applied the brakes to avoid hitting a female pedestrian, standing in the middle of the westbound lane, but was unable to avoid hitting her. The pedestrian sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen by Aberdeen Fire and Rescue. The crash is still under investigation. The Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen Police Department and Aberdeen Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

November 22nd:

The Watertown Squad held a sobriety checkpoint in Codington County. About 60 vehicles entered the checkpoint.  Four drivers were arrested for DUI. The Watertown Police Department and Codington County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

SIOUX FALLS DISTRICT

November 16th:

Mitchell Squad Troopers were called to a non-injury crash on I-90 near Alexandria. The driver of a westbound semi truck took his eyes off the road to retrieve a bottle of water and collided with the trailer of another westbound semi truck, causing the cab of the truck to become imbedded inside the trailer of the front semi truck.  It took three hours to remove the semi cab from the trailer of the front semi.  The driver of the rear semi truck was issued a citation for careless driving.

November 18th:

Trooper Whisler responded to a three-vehicle injury crash on I-29, just north of the 41st Street exit.  Traffic was heavy and had backed up from the southbound exit ramp onto I-29, causing traffic to stop on the I-90. The driver of a car was unable to stop and caused a chain reaction crash involving 3 vehicles. One driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  The appropriate enforcement action was taken against the driver that caused the crash.

Trooper Schade presented colors for the 28th Annual Law Enforcement Game Feed as a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrol Honor Guard.

November 20th:

Troopers Nelson and Podzimek conducted a sobriety check point on Highway 38 near Mitchell.  Twenty-three vehicles came through the checkpoint. One driver was checked for alcohol impairment.  No DUI arrests were made.

November 21st:

Members of the Chamberlain Squad conducted a sobriety checkpoint near Kimball. Traffic was light.  No DUI arrests were made.

RAPID CITY DISTRICT

November 15th:

When Trooper Swets stopped a vehicle on I-90, about six miles east of Spearfish, he discovered three pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.  He arrested the driver for felony drug charges.

November 17th:

Trooper Thomas investigated an injury crash on SD 34, about four miles west of Belle Fourche. The driver of an eastbound vehicle was operating his cell phone when he drifted to the westbound shoulder of the road and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to go into the south ditch and roll. The driver was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. He was cited for careless driving.

November 18th:

Trooper Thomas investigated an injury crash on I-90, about five miles east of Sturgis. The driver of an eastbound vehicle hit a deer on the road and lost control of his vehicle, causing it to go into the median, strike an embankment and roll. The driver was wearing a seatbelt.  He received serious non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Sturgis Regional Hospital.

November 20th:

Trooper Moody stopped the driver of a 2003 Ford Escape for traveling 84 mph in a 65 mph zone on SD 20 in Harding County.  Three of the seven juveniles in the vehicle had been drinking.  The three juveniles were cited for underage consumption and released to their parents.

November 21st:

Trooper Mann assisted the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office in arresting a subject in Nemo for aggravated assault. The subject had assaulted another male subject who had come to his residence to confront him on some vehicle damage.

MOTOR CARRIER

November 15th:

The Vermillion Mobile Team conducted a truck check in Union County on I-29 near mile post 13. Inspector Smith weighed a tractor semi-trailer and discovered the vehicle combination was 9,300 pounds overweight.

November 16th:

Inspector Hansen weighed a tractor semi-trailer at the Jefferson Port of Entry and determined the vehicle combination was 5,140 pounds overweight.

Inspector Hastings weighed a truck at the 79 scale and found it to be overweight by 7,490 pounds.

November 17th:

Inspector Bakke and Troopers Englund and Johnson gave a safety presentation to the employees of Otter Tail in Milbank. Topics covered were pre and post trip inspections, roadside inspections, seat belt usage, and defensive driving.

November 19th:

Inspectors Rutz and Walters gave a safety presentation to Lamar Signs in Rapid City.

November 20th:

Inspector Rutz, Walters and Kracht gave a safety presentation to the graduating Truck Driver Class at Western Dakota Technical Institute.

November 21st:

While working the 79 scale, Motor Carrier Officer Moser encountered a driver who had a warrant from Custer County.