Rapid City police make 16 DUI arrests over the weekend

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a busy weekend for the Rapid City Police Department. Police made 16 DUI arrests between Friday evening and Sunday night.

That’s ten more DUI arrests than were made last weekend during the same time period.

One particular arrest of note happened around 2 a.m. on Sunday when a drunk driver literally hit a police officer’s vehicle. The officer was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Mt. Rushmore Road when a Chevy Tahoe parked nearby backed out of its parking spot and into the officer’s vehicle.

Upon contact, the officer determined that the woman driving the Tahoe smelled of alcohol. After a DUI investigation, she was determined to be too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle, and transported to the Pennington County Jail.

According to a statement from the Rapid City Police Department, “Driving while too impaired to safely do so is incredibly dangerous, not only for yourself, but for the rest of the public. The RCPD is committed to a zero-tolerance approach to impaired driving. If you’re deemed too impaired to drive, you will be arrested. If you consume alcohol, always designate a sober ride. This can include a friend, family member, taxi, or ride-share service.”


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