Rapid City Police Department brings pursuit to safe end
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A vehicle pursuit that covered a large portion of North Rapid City, ended safely last night.
Around 7:45 p.m. police attempted to stop a white Ford Explorer. As they approached the vehicle, the driver took off. A chase ensued, taking police throughout North Rapid City.
Due to weather and road conditions, speeds stayed relatively slow. As the chase continued the suspect vehicle struck a light pole near the 1200 block of Atlas Street and collided with a parked vehicle in the parking lot of 115 E. North Street.
The pursuit came to an end when the driver pulled into the driveway of 216 E. Monroe Street. While in the driveway, the suspect attempted to strike two officers with the vehicle as they approached. At that point, the decision was made to shoot the suspect vehicles tires to keep the driver from fleeing again. Even with the tires deflated, the suspect continued attempts to drive away from police.
Police then deployed the use of pepper spray and a beanbag shotgun to subdue the driver. These attempts did not stop the driver, so the use of a taser was deployed. The taser subdued the suspect and he was taken into custody from there and identified as 23-year-old Casey Whiteeagle of Rapid City.
A subsequent search of the vehicle did find methamphetamine.
Whiteeagle was placed under arrest for two counts of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Eluding, Obstruction, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. He was ultimately transported to the Pennington County Jail.
“It was evidently clear that this suspect was going to do whatever he could to evade police capture, including putting officers’ lives at risk,” says Captain James Johns, Commander of the RCPD’s Patrol Division. “I’m extremely thankful that the decisive actions of our officers brought this pursuit to an end without any officers or members of the community getting hurt as a result of the suspect’s dangerous decisions.”