Officer suffers minor injuries following motorcycle pursuit in Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. — A law enforcement officer received minor injuries following a pursuit in Sturgis early Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. when a motorcyclist did a burnout in front of officers, prompting them to pull him over. Instead of stopping, the driver initiated a pursuit headed west on Lazelle Street.

He eventually went into Boulder Canyon, and crashed about three quarters of the way in. As officers were tending to him, another police officer on a motorcycle who was on his way to the scene lost control on one of the canyon’s curves. The 54-year-old officer slid into the north ditch and was thrown from the motorcycle. The second accident happened about 100 yards from the first.

According to Sturgis Chief of Police Geody VanDewater, the officer is from out of the area and was unfamiliar with the curves in Boulder Canyon. He was wearing a helmet and suffered only minor contusions.

VanDewater says the suspect was a 20-year-old male and didn’t suffer any injuries. He was taken into custody.




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