Sergeant H.L. ‘Skip’ Benz
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (KELO AM) On 04-11-2014 at about 2:00 PM, a 2001 Dodge Dakota Pickup, 4-door, red in color was reported stolen from the 300 block of W. 25th Street. Shortly after that report, another report was received of a red pick-up driving recklessly near the intersection of 26th St. and Sycamore Ave. At approximately 2:19 PM, an officer spotted the stolen pickup near 26th St. and Yeager Ave. The officer attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at 26th St. and Cliff Ave. The driver of the stolen pick-up stopped for a moment and then went westbound on 24th St. from Cliff Ave. at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the stolen vehicle for a short distance but then self-terminated the pursuit due to the excessive speeds and reckless behavior of the driver. Officers near the intersection of 24th St. and S.2nd Ave observed the stolen pick-up drive through the grass at McKennan Park and turn northbound on S. 2nd Ave. The driver ran the stop sign at 18th St. and 2nd Ave. at an estimated speed of 70 mph. Officers lost sight of the vehicle.
Witnesses reported that the driver of the stolen pick-up ran the red lights at 14th St. and 2nd Ave., 11th St. and 2nd Ave. and 10th St. and 2nd Ave at an estimated speed of 70 – 90 mph. There were no police officers pursuing the vehicle. The driver of the stolen pick-up lost control of the vehicle on the curve north of 10th St. on 2nd Ave. The vehicle skidded out of control and struck the north side of the 1st National Bank at 100 S. Phillips Ave. The driver was arrested by officers as he was climbing out of the wreckage. The driver was identified as David James Winters, age 24 of Rapid City, SD. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Avera-McKennan Hospital for treatment. After treatment, he will be lodged in the Minnehaha County Jail for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Eluding, DWI 1st Offense and numerous traffic violations. There was minimal damage to the building and there were no other reported injuries to motorists or pedestrians.