Man leads law enforcement on high-speed chase from Pierre to Nowlin
NOWLIN, S.D. — Around 9 p.m. Saturday, May 1, a Hughes County Deputy attempted a traffic stop on Highway 14 east of Pierre for a 2008 Ford Fusion with Pennington County plates that was speeding excessively. The car did not stop as instructed and a pursuit began.
The pursuit went through Pierre and across the Waldron Bridge into Stanley County, then continued westbound on Highway 34/14 at a high rate of speed, where other law enforcement agencies joined the chase. There was minimal traffic on the roadway at the time.
A Haakon County Deputy successfully deployed a tire deflation device on Highway 14 at mile marker 159 between Nowlin and Philip. The vehicle slowed before driving into a pasture to elude police.
Law enforcement established a perimeter and a South Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft was able to direct law enforcement to the vehicle when it became disabled.
26-year-old Richard Mayer of Hankinson, North Dakota, was taken into custody for Aggravated Eluding, Reckless Driving, Obstructing Law Enforcement, DUI (3rd), a cancelled Driver’s License, and two bench warrants out of Pennington County. His vehicle was towed and Mayer is currently in the Hughes County Jail.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the incident included the Hughes County Sheriff, Pierre Police Department, Stanley County Sheriff, Haakon County Sheriff, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.