RCPD investigating early morning pursuit with stolen vehicle
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department is currently investigating a vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning.
Around 5:20 a.m., a reported hit and run accident located at Mt. Rushmore Road and St. Joseph Street by a local motel, led to the identification of a stolen 2003 Ford Ranger pickup.
Officers discovered the stolen ford driving in the area of Star Village, and followed the vehicle until they attempted a vehicle stop. The driver of the ford accelerated away from officers south on Fifth Street towards the hospital.
The vehicle drove west on Cathedral Drive and then north on Mt. Rushmore Road. The speeds of the vehicle increased as the pursuit continued south into the downtown area.
When the vehicle entered the downtown area, RCPD Officers were several blocks away. At the intersection of Mt. Rushmore Road and St. Joseph Street, the vehicle attempted to turn westbound, the wrong way on St. Joseph Street.
The vehicle, traveling too fast, didn’t negotiate the corner with the increased speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a building at the Northwest Corner of the intersection.
Three female juveniles were in the stolen pickup at the time of the crash. All three were transported to the hospital from the scene of the crash.
The driver of the vehicle will likely be charged with numerous offenses that include: Driving Under the Influence, Vehicular Battery and Aggravated Eluding. Other charges are pending at this time.
Due to the suspects being juveniles, names will not be released. The incident remains under investigation.