K9 takes down suspect in Rapid City police pursuit

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A police chase in downtown Rapid City on Sunday night didn’t end until a K9 unit was released on the suspect.

Around 9:50 p.m., police tried to pull over a Chevy HHR that was speeding down E. Saint Patrick Street.

Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated and initiated a pursuit.

Police terminated the pursuit for a short time due to safety concerns, but later relocated the Chevy and continued to try to stop it.

Authorities eventually used a spike strip to slow down the vehicle, which struck a parked car and finally stopped at the dead end of Pine Street.

The suspect exited the Chevy, which by that time police had learned was stolen, and ran. A responding K9 officer commanded the suspect to stop, and then sent the K9 after him when he didn’t comply. The dog bit the suspect, and police were able to take him into custody.

He was identified as 20-year-old John Sutherland and placed under arrest for Aggravated Eluding, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Obstruction, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Driving without a Valid License.

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