Drugs, gun among items recovered by RCPD following pursuit

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Sunday, July 12 around 12:40 p.m., the Rapid City Police were called to a Fresh Start Gas Station located at 3888 East Highway 44 for a report of drug activity that was occurring in the parking lot.

When police arrived, they spoke with an employee of the business who told them that they saw a female exit a Nissan Maxima in the parking lot. The employee also told police that they saw a loaded syringe on the ground of the driver’s side door before calling law enforcement.

As the responding officer began to approach the Maxima, it started to back out of a parking spot. The officer told the occupants of the vehicle why law enforcement was called to the scene and instructed the driver to park the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle told police they would park but instead fled the scene. The officer saw the syringe and retrieved it before looking for the fleeing vehicle. Several bystanders told the police officer that the vehicle was heading westbound on School Drive. The vehicle was later spotted at the intersection of Twilight Drive and East Highway 44.

It then turned on East Highway 44 at which point the officer attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver did not comply and continued driving.

After the vehicle passed the intersection of 161st Avenue, a Tactical Vehicle Intervention, (a pursuit driving technique in which an officer uses their patrol vehicle to gently nudge the rear end of a fleeing vehicle into a controlled spin in order to end a pursuit) was performed on the fleeing vehicle. The TVI was successful in bringing the vehicle to a stop.

Both occupants were ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as 23-year-old Wendy Johnson of Rapid City, and the passenger was identified as 34-year-old Evan Brownbull of Rapid City.

During the course of the pursuit, law enforcement saw Brownbull throw several items, that a search later found to be a loaded gun along with several rounds of ammunition, from the passenger window of the vehicle. Johnson and Brownbull had active warrants.

A search of the vehicle turned up a bill bottle that contained the controlled substance, Carisoprodol. The syringe in the parking lot field-tested positive for both methamphetamine and heroin.

Johnson was placed under arrest for Aggravated Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Failure to Obey Traffic Signal, three Warrants and a Probation Violation. Brownbull was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Littering and a Warrant.

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