Police identify three people arrested in late-night pursuit in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities have released more information on a late-night chase that happened in Rapid City on Friday.
According to the Rapid City Police Department, three people were arrested in connection to the chase, which happened at around 10:55 p.m. when officers observed a Chevy Malibu driving northbound on N. Lacrosse Street with only one functioning headlight.
The Malibu didn’t stop when police attempted to pull it over, and instead continued onto eastbound I-90. It exited the interstate onto E. North Street and then stopped in the Edward Street area where two passengers got out of the vehicle. Officers also witnessed several items being thrown out of the car.
The Malibu then accelerated away as police worked to detain the two passengers, identified as Tahnee Thompson, 35, and Ariel Waukechon, 27, both of Rapid City.
Officers were able to find the items thrown from the vehicle, including a loaded pistol and a bulletproof vest.
Meanwhile, units continued to pursue the Malibu, which eventually came to a stop near a residence on Lawrence Drive.
The RCPD says it worked in conjunction with a Highway Patrol aerial unit equipped with an infrared camera to determine that the driver had exited the vehicle and entered the home.
A perimeter was formed around the residence, and the suspect was ordered to come out. He was then seen exiting a back door and running north.
Police caught up with him and were able to detain him.
He was identified as 21-year-old Mason Means of Rapid City.
Authorities noted the smell of alcohol coming from his person. A search of his vehicle also turned up bullets, a marijuana pipe, methamphetamine and associated drug paraphernalia.
Means was placed under arrest for aggravated eluding, DUI, possession of a controlled substance, commission of a felony with a firearm, possession of a firearm with a prior felony drug conviction, possession of marijuana, and two warrants.
Waukechon was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and ingestion of a controlled substance. Thompson was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant.