Monday morning accident leads to DUI arrest
Shawn Blackbear, Sr., 33, of Rapid City, was driving a Ford Escape when he struck a Hyundai Sonata. Rapid City Police had located an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and determined Blackbear was too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Witnesses say around 4:55 a.m. the Sonata was stopped in the westbound lane of Omaha Street for the four-way flashing red light before proceeding into the intersection when it was struck by Blackbear, who had failed to stop.
The driver of the Sonata was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Blackbear was arrested for DUI, Open Container in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for a Flashing Red Light, Driving without a Valid License, and No Proof of Insurance.