Meth, pot, gun found when K9 takes down pursuit suspects


A police dog nabbed two suspects from Rapid City in a case involving drugs and a stolen gun.

It all went down around 8 p.m. Wednesday when police got a tip on the whereabouts of a parole violator, 20-year-old Michael Croyle.

Police found Croyle driving along Fifth Street, but he sped up to get away. The pursuit continued around North Rapid until he hit a dead end near Horace Mann Pool.

Croyle and a woman jumped out of the still-moving SUV and ran. The SUV went off the road and became high-centered on a boulder.

A K9 officer deployed his service dog, who went after the woman and bit her until she obeyed police orders.

The dog then went after Croyle, bringing him to the ground with a bite. Croyle eventually showed his hands to police as commanded, and the K9 let go.

Police found items containing marijuana and methamphetamine near where Croyle was taken down. And a meth syringe was found in the woman's purse.

In the SUV, police found more marijuana and a loaded handgun that turned out to be stolen.

Croyle was charged with the following: aggravated eluding, obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, ingestion of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm as a felon, commission of a felony with a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, and driving without a valid driver's license.

He was also arrested on a warrant and a parole hold.

The woman, 24-year-old Jasmyn Hall, was charged with commission of a felony with a firearm, obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Photos courtesy of the Rapid City Police Department

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