Competency still in question for man accused of eluding police - KOTA Territory News

Competency still in question for high speed chase suspect


A man accused of leading police on a high speed chase between Rapid City and Sturgis will not be sent to Yankton for a mental evaluation.
Last week, defense attorneys for Luis Clifford, 35,  requested his mental competency be evaluated.

Newly elected state's attorney Mark Vargo told the court that process could take six to eight weeks in Yankton.

Instead Vargo and Clifford's defense attorneys have agreed to use an existing report completed by a local doctor.

Clifford is accused of stealing a car at gun-point from the Best Buy parking lot in Rapid City on October 22nd.
A chase followed on interstate 90 with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Clifford pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery, aggravated assault, grand theft and aggravated eluding.
He faces 90 years if convicted.

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