Man sentenced for high-speed pursuit in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A driver involved in a high-speed pursuit that resulted in a multi-vehicle crash last November was sentenced in 7th Circuit Court.

Andrew Chipps, 25, of Wanblee, pleaded no contest in March to one count of vehicular battery, and Thursday, he received the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

According to reports, Chipps was allegedly intoxicated when he fled from a highway patrol traffic stop along Interstate 90 on Nov. 21, 2016. After a brief pursuit by the highway patrol officer, the chase came to an end when he ran a red light at the intersection of North Lacrosse and Anamosa streets in Rapid City, striking an SUV. 

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Chipps was arrested at the time of the incident for Aggravated Eluding, DUI, four counts of Vehicular Battery, Driving Under Suspension, and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle.

The sentence includes approximately $149,000 in restitution payments to victims injured as a result of the chase.

According to the State’s Attorney Mark Vargo, Chipps will be eligible for parole in 2020.