Pursuit drives two Rapid City schools into brief secure status

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two Rapid City school campuses went into secure status briefly Wednesday morning due to a law enforcement issue nearby.

Horace Mann Elementary and Central High School went into secure status at 9:17 a.m. until just before 10 a.m. due to a vehicle pursuit in the area.

According to Pennington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Helene Duhamel, a vehicle was stopped just after 9 a.m. near Sturgis Rd. and West Chicago St. due to an “equipment violation.” Officials did not elaborate on what the violation was.

From the stop, a pursuit began with two occupants in the vehicle. They traveled east on West Chicago St. but the pursuit was terminated shortly after due to “safety concerns.” The vehicle was seen heading east on the bike path west of Founders Park. The deputy did not pursue the vehicle on the bike path.

Less than ten minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned in the intersection of Silver St. and Van Buren St., less than a mile away from Horace Mann Elementary and Central High School.

Officials were able to collect evidence from the vehicle but have not identified publicly any suspects. There have been no arrests but law enforcement officials believe there is no threat to the public.

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