Meade County deputy dragged by car following dispute in Black Hawk
MEADE COUNTY, S.D. – A Meade County deputy was hospitalized Thursday after being dragged by a vehicle following a dispute over a plow in Black Hawk.
According to Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin, a single deputy responded to a dispute on Conifer Circle in Black Hawk between a driver and a snow plow.
Merwin says they received a call around 5:45 p.m. that there was a driver in a white Kia Optima blocking a plow because he was upset the snow plow was making drifts in his driveway.
The driver of the Kia is identified as Dylan Vandierendonck, 24, of Black Hawk.
Deputy Branden Torres responded to the incident and started to investigate upon arrival. Merwin says that’s when the vehicle drove off with Torres still holding onto the Kia.
Torres was taken to Rapid City Regional Health Hospital for further evaluation but was released later Thursday evening with no major injuries.
Highway Patrol continued to investigate the incident and Vandierendonck was taken into custody at his residence in Black Hawk shortly after the incident.
Vandierendonck was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence and aggravated eluding.