Police: Driver facing charges after crash sends 4 to hospital

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The Rapid City Police Department said a driver is facing charges after officers determined he/she responsible for a two-vehicle crash in Rapid City Wednesday night.

A handful of local authorities responded to the accident at the intersection of East College Avenue and Milwaukee Street around 8 o'clock — where they found a Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a light pole and a four-door sedan in the yard of a nearby home, according to the Rapid City Police Department. Officers on scene quickly determined alcohol and speed as factors in the crash.

Sgt. Jeff Alexander said the Jeep, occupied by a single person, was headed northbound on Milwaukee Street when the passenger car — which had three people inside — approached at a high rate of speed and rear-ended it. The collision sent the Jeep into the light pole, while the car veered the opposite direction toward a nearby house, nearly hitting it after breaking through a chain-link fence. The car was visibly halted by shrubs outside the home.

The Rapid City Fire Department transported all four people to the hospital with unknown injuries. Lt. Jim Bussell, public information officer for the fire department, said firefighters also extricated one person from one of the vehicles. The crash also led authorities to block off access to Milwaukee Street shortly after the crash.

Alexander said the driver of the car is facing a charge of driving under intoxication, but the investigation is ongoing. Police also said the driver of the Jeep has non-life threatening injuries.

The police and fire departments were also assisted by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

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