Three arrested after “chaotic” chase across Box Elder, Rapid City
BOX ELDER, S.D. — Box Elder Police were taken on a wild ride Friday morning while attempting to apprehend a suspect thought to be driving a stolen vehicle.
After receiving a call about a possible stolen vehicle, Box Elder Police initiated a traffic stop on a late 90’s model Ford pickup around 8:15 a.m. in the area of Cottonwood Drive and Line Road. The driver refused to stop, and instead drove through fields, pastures, and fences onto Radar Hill Road before entering the Prairie View subdivision.
Two teenage girls – aged 15 and 17 – ran from the vehicle during a brief stop in Prairie View. They were located, questioned, and arrested. Although their identities are being withheld, Box Elder Police identified them as runaways with gang affiliations, and said they were charged for possession of methamphetamine.
The driver of the vehicle fled into the Creekside subdivision and back onto Radar Hill Road, but not before getting the vehicle stuck on a six-foot-tall fence. After dislodging the vehicle, he rammed a police vehicle before getting onto Interstate 90. The suspect crossed into oncoming traffic to use the eastbound on ramp at the LaCrosse Street exit (exit 59) as a way to get off I-90 before driving in circles around apartment buildings. The truck eventually became stuck in a drainage ditch near the intersection of LaCrosse and Eglin Streets, when the suspect exited the vehicle and led police on a short foot pursuit.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 37-year-old Sean Forrest Hawk of Rapid City. He had a warrant in Oregon for possession of marijuana and another felony warrant for bond revocation on a possession of controlled substance charge. Forrest Hawk is facing additional charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, driving on the wrong side of the road, DUI first offense (drug), aggravated eluding law enforcement, intentional damage to property ($5,001 – $100,000), first degree vandalism, hit and run, possession of a controlled drug substance (schedule II), possession of a stolen vehicle, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and two stop sign violations.
Box Elder Police say that while the investigation is ongoing, preliminary findings don’t show any injuries to the public.
Additional responding organizations include Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Dispatch Office.