UPDATE: Police say crash was nearly fatal, driver charged with DUI

UPDATE: (8:55 p.m.) — Authorities say the crash that happened on Rapid City’s east side late Monday afternoon was nearly fatal and the driver was under the influence.

It happened when a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old Rapid City man slammed into a light pole on Highway 44 near the entrance ramp to southbound Elk Vale Road.

Police say if the driver had hit the light pole six-inches farther to the left he would have been killed.

Instead he suffered several broken bones and will need surgery.

The man has been arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving and marijuana possession.

Authorities say speed was a factor in the crash.

His name has not been released. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities are on the scene of a crash on Highway 44 near the Elk Vale Road overpass.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Rapid City Police Department and the Rapid City Fire Department are on scene. Traffic has not been seriously impacted, although commuters should still try to avoid the area as crews work to clear up the road.

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