Police learn more about teens involved in I-90 rollover - KOTA Territory News

Police learn more about teens involved in I-90 rollover

Posted: Updated: March 29, 2013 3:42 PM

Update 3/29

Sturgis police Learned the vehicle crashed Thursday after a high speed pursuit may have been stolen out of Rapid City.  A release from the Sturgis Police Department says two of the four juveniles had drugs in their possession.

Charges on the juveniles are pending for theft, eluding, DUI, possession of alcohol, drugs and possession of a stolen vehicle.


Original Story

Four teens are in the hospital after a vehicle pursuit Thursday morning that ended in a rollover accident on Interstate 90 near Tilford. The crash happened on the off ramp at exit 44. 

According to law enforcement, an SUV lost control trying to exit the interstate after a 12 t0 13 mile high speed pursuit. Meade County Chief Deputy Tom Wilts says speeds reached 100 to 110 miles per hour.

According to Chief Deputy Wilts, the chase began after the teens allegedly stole beer from a Sturgis convenience store. All four received minor injuries and had alcohol in their system.
At the culmination of the pursuit, there were six officers involved.

Chief Deputy Wilts initiated the pursuit and actually saw the car roll.  "It's shocking and I think a lot of it will catch up to you when you're away from the accident and you have time to settle down, but things are moving so fast your adrenalin is up," Wilts said.

There aren't any official charges just yet, but Wilts says their will likely be theft, minor consuming and eluding charges.  One of the four teens in the vehicle was 18 years old.

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