Rapid City police pursue stolen vehicle
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police pursued a reportedly stolen vehicle across town Tuesday, stopping the vehicle at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as it attempted to drive onto a bike path.
On March 24 at around 10:35 a.m., police observed a white Chrysler van which matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen earlier in the day. Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle as it pulled into a residential driveway in the 400 block of E. Chicago Street.
The driver was ordered out of the vehicle, but did not comply. The driver instead put the van in drive and continued through the driveway into an alley. Police pursued the vehicle as it proceeded through a number of streets on the north side of the city. The pursuit was terminated at one point, then re-initiated when safer conditions presented themselves. Police surrounded the vehicle as it entered the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center overflow parking lot, and were able to pin the vehicle as it attempted to enter the bike path.
The driver was ordered out and identified as 39-year-old Iyotan Cooks of Rapid City. She was placed under arrest for Aggravated Eluding, and Obstruction before being transported to the Pennington County Jail.