Crash near Martin turns into pursuit, ends with stolen vehicle in flames

MARTIN, S.D. — Authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash on the west side of Martin on Thursday that quickly turned into a pursuit after two individuals fled the scene.

Photo from the Martin Volunteer Fire Department Twitter

Photo from the Martin Volunteer Fire Department Twitter

The Martin Volunteer Fire Department tweeted that shortly before 5 p.m. officials responded to a crash in which a pickup had been rear-ended by a car. Two individuals reportedly were in the car and fled the scene on foot, running north into a tree line. Law enforcement began searching for the two as crews started cleaning up the wreck.

One of the individuals then ran out of the trees and stole a pickup from the construction crew. The stolen vehicle headed west on Highway 18 through the original crash scene — nearly striking four firefighters that were helping clean up and directing traffic.

It also narrowly avoided hitting a passing vehicle.

Officers began a pursuit according to the MVFD’s tweets and continued to follow the stolen construction pickup north toward Allen. The pickup hit several signs and a guardrail before reportedly catching on fire. It was finally stopped by Oglala Sioux Tribe Officers near Kyle and No Flesh Road.

OST Officers reportedly had to pull the driver from the burning vehicle. He was not severely injured.

Firefighters were paged to help with the burning vehicle, which at that point was fully engulfed according to officers.

Authorities were eventually able to find the second individual and took the person into custody.

According to the Martin Police Department, it’s been confirmed that the original car that the two suspects fled from was stolen out of Pennington County. Additionally, evidence was found in the car that suggests the suspects may have been under the influence.

The Martin Police Department says charges are pending against them.

It’s been reported that guardrails going into Yellow Bear have been severely damaged, and that there’s also damage to Allen Road South of Allen. Motorists are advised to drive carefully in these areas.

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