UPDATE: Driver arrested in pursuit outside of Rapid City identified

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. — Authorities have identified the driver who was taken into custody following a 45 minute pursuit outside of Rapid City on Tuesday.

Jordan Hafner, 21, of Spearfish was arrested after police stopped him on Highway 79.

The chase began at around 10 a.m. when authorities received reports of a vehicle driving erratically and at times going into oncoming traffic.

Fall River County law enforcement began the pursuit, and then the South Dakota Highway Patrol took over, employing an airplane to assist during the chase.

The charges against Hefner have not yet been released.

This was the second chase to happen on Highway 79 within the span of 24 hours. 


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities dealt with a high speed chase outside of Rapid City on Tuesday.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the pursuit began after a vehicle was reportedly driving erratically and going into oncoming traffic multiple times.

Officials say the pursuit lasted approximately 45 minutes, and the driver nearly made it into Rapid City.

The person was eventually stopped on Highway 79 and taken into custody without incident.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol airplane assisted in the chase, and snapped a photo of it from above.

Photo courtesy of South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Law enforcement from Fall River County, Custer County, Pennington County and the Rapid City Police Department all assisted in the chase.

NewsCenter1 will bring you more details when they become available.

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