A man who nearly ran over two South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and led law enforcement on a three-county pursuit will spend at least the next two decades behind bars.
Seventh Circuit Judge Janine Kern handed down a 50 year prison sentence, with 20 years suspended, to William Chandler, 28, for aggravated assault on law enforcement. Chandler was also given 10 years for an escape charge and five years for aggravated eluding. The time will be served concurrently.
Judge Kern told Chandler that he put the lives of innocent people in danger, last September, when he drove in a "drug crazed" state down the interstate. At one point Chandler was traveling in the wrong direction down on I-90 with speeds reaching in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Judge Kern hailed Trooper Mike Bock as a hero for risking his own life by using his patrol vehicle to strike the car Chandler was driving, bringing him to a stop. "Nothing I did was heroic that day." Trooper Bock said. "I was just doing my job," He continued.
Trooper Bock was the officer who shot Chandler when he managed to slip through the handcuffs and into the front seat of a patrol car and tried to run over Trooper Bock and Trooper Chris Reagen. Chandler was hit in the neck.
Chandler was high on methamphetamine, amphetamine and had a blood alcohol level of .038 at the time of the ordeal.
He will be eligible for parole in about 20 years.