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Misd. Warrants Served
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Overweight in excess of 5,000 lbs.
Drivers Placed Out-of-Service
Vehicles Placed Out-of-Service


November 21st:

Trooper Holman responded to a one-vehicle rollover injury crash west of Pierpont on Day County Road 4. The driver of an eastbound Ford Expedition lost control on the slippery road causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and roll. The passengers were wearing seatbelts.  The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver and one passenger were taken by ambulance to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. The Groton Police Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Day County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Christensen Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.

Trooper Mohrmann investigated a crash on I-29 at the Toronto exit. A driver lost control of his vehicle on the icy road and went into the ditch. He was taken to the Brookings Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

November 22nd:

Trooper LaFramboise investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash approximately three miles west of Eureka. The driver of a westbound GMC pickup lost control on the snow packed road, crossed over the centerline, and collided with an eastbound Dodge Caravan. A passenger in the pickup received fatal injuries. Both drivers received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, McPherson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Eureka Ambulance assisted at the scene.

November 23rd:

Trooper Lord stopped a vehicle for a moving violation north of Agar on US 83. The driver was placed under arrest for a misdemeanor warrant issued from Hughes County.

Trooper Erickson responded to a report regarding an impaired driver at the Pierre Kmart parking lot. Upon Trooper Erickson’s arrival, the vehicle was leaving the parking lot and turning onto Harrison Street. Trooper Erickson conducted a traffic stop and noticed that the driver seemed disoriented and unsteady on his feet. Trooper Erickson completed a field sobriety investigation and the driver was arrested for DUI drugs. Sergeant Mechaley assisted with the investigation.

November 24th:

Trooper Carda and Sergeant Twite responded to a two-vehicle crash two miles south of Ipswich on SD 45. The driver of a southbound Toyota pickup lost control of his vehicle while attempting to slow down to make a right turn at an intersection.  The pickup slid into the path of an oncoming semi and the two vehicles collided.  The semi’s pup trailer rolled over in the south ditch spilling its load and the pickup went in the west ditch. The driver of the pickup was not wearing a seatbelt and received fatal injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured. The Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office, the Ipswich Fire Department, and the Ipswich Ambulance assisted at the scene. 


November 26th:


Trooper Chamberlain responded to a simple assault at a rural residence southeast of Huron. While visiting his parents’ home, a 22-year-old male assaulted his 52-year-old father. During the altercation, a propane line was broken in the garage of the residence. A Deputy from the Beadle County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 22-year-old male for simple assault. The father sustained a minor injury but refused treatment. The Wolsey Fire Department was called to the residence to address the propane leak. Alcohol was a factor in the altercation. The Beadle County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.


Trooper Lindner stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation west of Clark on US 212. He detected the odor of burnt marijuana on the driver. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and a cigarette lighter modified for use as a marijuana pipe. Trooper Lindner arrested the driver and charged him accordingly.


November 27th:


Trooper Carda responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash near Verdon on SD 37. The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling at a high rate of speed when passing another vehicle on a curve. The driver of the Jeep then lost control and enter the east ditch. As the Jeep approached a cross street, it vaulted over the road, landed in a field, and rolled several times. All three occupants were ejected from the vehicle and received life-threatening injuries. Two occupants were transported by ambulance to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. The third occupant was taken by Careflight to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. A deputy from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the occupants at the hospital and determined which one was the driver. All three occupants had been drinking. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and vehicular battery.  Speed appears to be a factor in the crash. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Spink County Sheriff’s Office, Groton Police Department, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, Careflight, a local blood hound search and rescue unit, the Conde Ambulance, and the Conde Fire Department assisted at the scene. 

Trooper Schmiedt investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash west of Frankfort. The driver of a northbound pickup traveling on 173rd Street failed to yield upon entering US 212 and collided with an eastbound car. A passenger in the car was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield where she died from her injuries. The driver and another passenger of the car received life-threatening injuries and the three occupants of the pickup received minor injuries.  All were transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. The occupants of the pickup and the injured passenger of the car were not wearing seatbelts. Trooper Serr, the Spink County Sheriff’s Office, Spink County Ambulance, and Frankfort Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

November 28th:

Trooper Chamberlain stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation east of Wessington Springs on SD 34. It was discovered that the female driver had a suspended driver license along with an active misdemeanor warrant issued from Davison County. Trooper Chamberlain transported the driver to the Beadle County Sheriff’s Office where she posted bond.


November 22nd:

Trooper Walters was called to a one-vehicle rollover crash four miles west of Alexandria on I-90.  The driver of a westbound vehicle lost control on the icy road causing the vehicle to enter the median and roll over. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and received non-life threatening injuries.  The driver was taken to Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.  The passenger received minor injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Seatbelts were not used.

Sioux Falls Troopers responded to numerous weather related crashes in the Sioux Falls Area.

While investigating a weather-related, non-injury crash on I-29 near Tea, Trooper Clark’s patrol vehicle was struck from behind by another motorist.  Trooper Clark was inside his patrol car during the secondary crash.  He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was later released. Recruit Garcia was riding with Trooper Clark at the time of the crash; however, he was not in the vehicle when it was hit. 

November 23rd:

Trooper Koltz investigated a head-on crash injury crash near Hartford on SD 38.  Both drivers received minor injuries and were taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.     

November 24th:

Trooper Kollars responded to a one-vehicle fatality crash one mile south of Brookings on I-29. The driver of the vehicle lost control on the ice covered roads causing the vehicle to roll. The driver received fatal injuries.

Trooper Podzimek was kept busy during the evening hours when freezing rain hit the Vermillion area making travel difficult. The traffic on I-29 was heavy and several vehicles went in the ditch. Only three of the vehicles in the ditch were reportable crashes. No one was injured in the crashes.

November 25th:

Trooper Dubbelde stopped a vehicle in Sioux Falls on I-229.  The female subject who was sitting behind the steering wheel told Trooper Dubbelde that she had switched seats with the male subject in the middle seat.  When Trooper Dubbelde asked the female subject to come to her patrol car, the female subject started to punch the male subject in the face.  Trooper Dubbelde removed the female subject from the vehicle.  Trooper Jensen and Trooper Dennis arrived to assist Trooper Dubbelde.  After interviewing the other passengers in the vehicle, it was determined that the male subject had been driving and didn’t want to get a DUI.   Trooper Dubbelde arrested the male subject for DUI and the female subject for domestic assault.  As Trooper Jensen was transporting the female subject to jail, she kicked out the driver’s side back window.  Trooper Jensen pulled over and Trooper Dubbelde and Trooper Dennis stopped to assist Trooper Jensen.  While Trooper Dubbelde was helping Trooper Jensen, the male subject in her patrol car started to kick on the door and window.  The troopers were able to get both subjects restrained.  The Sioux Falls Police Department was called to transport the female subject.  Both Trooper Jensen and Trooper Dubbelde received damage to their patrol cars. 

November 26th:

Trooper Lubbers responded to a vehicle in the ditch on a county road south of Wagner.  When he arrived, Trooper Lubbers observed one subject pushing the vehicle out of the ditch and the other subject driving.  An investigation revealed that the subject pushing the vehicle was driving at the time it went into the ditch.  Both subjects had been drinking alcoholic beverages and were subsequently arrested for DUI. 

November 27th:

Trooper Dubbelde responded to report regarding a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-90 between Humboldt and Hartford.  Trooper Dubbelde located the vehicle and arrested the driver for DUI. 

Trooper Dale investigated a rollover accident on I-90 at Oacoma.  The intoxicated male driver lost control of his pickup causing it to roll over.  He was arrested for 3rd offense DUI. He was wearing his seatbelt.


November 24th:

Trooper Dowling responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Vivian on I-90. The driver of a Mercury Sedan lost control of the vehicle causing it to travel in the ditch and roll onto its top. All five occupants were wearing seatbelts. One occupant suffered fatal injuries, two occupants suffered life-threatening injuries, and two occupants were not injured. The occupants were from Taiwan and attending colleges in the United States. Troopers Olerud and Welter assisted at the scene.

November 26th:

Trooper Adam investigated a crash 26 miles east of Rapid City on I-90. The driver of a tractor trailer overcorrected after drifting off the north side of the road.  The tractor trailer rolled spilling its load of cheese in the median. A portion of the westbound lane of I-90 was shut down for most of the evening while crews loaded everything to another trailer. The driver was charged accordingly.

Trooper Barrick observed a vehicle in the ditch and stopped to assist the individual.  It was determined that the driver had been drinking.  The driver was subsequently charged with DUI and then taken to jail.

November 27th:

Trooper Derby investigated a two-vehicle crash in Spearfish at the intersection of US 85 and St. Onge Oil Road. The driver of a Subaru Impreza traveling on St. Onge Oil Road failed to yield as she pulled onto US 85 and was struck by a northbound Buick Regal. The driver of the Subaru received minor injuries and was transported to Spearfish Regional Hospital. The Spearfish Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and Trooper Swets assisted at the scene.

Trooper Hall assisted Game, Fish and Parks Officers in searching for two trespassing hunters.  The landowner confronted the individuals, but was unable to detain them until law enforcement arrived.  The game warden identified the individuals. The investigation is ongoing.


November 24th:

Inspector Schmeichel weighed a tractor semi-trailer at the Sioux Falls Port of Entry and discovered the vehicle was 9,700 pounds overweight on a single axle.  The driver was cited and required to adjust to legal weight.