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Chase in Mitchell reaches 100 mph Monday morning

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Chase in Mitchell reaches 100 mph Monday morning
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Mitchell police engaged in a high-speed pursuit through the southern part of the city after a man fled as the result of a noise complaint early Monday morning.

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Speeds reached 70 mph in the city and 100 mph when the chase left city limits.

The suspect, Rocky Clark, 31, of Mitchell, was arrested and faces charges including drunken driving, eluding police, reckless driving and intentional property damage.

A call came in to dispatch at 2:27 a.m. Monday about someone pounding on doors and windows at the Best Western hotel in Mitchell, said Assistant Police Chief Maj. Leon Baier.

"One of the windows was broken at the hotel, and it appears the suspect fled the scene once that happened," Baier said.

Police caught up with a vehicle matching the description of one leaving the hotel, a Silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, at the corner of Juniper Avenue and Kimball Street in Mitchell about 10 minutes after the call came in.

An officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused and led the officer through a trailer park on South Main Street in Mitchell before going south on Rowley Street.

"Looking at the video, the driver was traveling at speeds between 20 and 70 mph while he was in town," Baier said.

Once south of Spruce Street, outside city limits, chase speeds reached 100 mph at times before the vehicle veered west off the road and into a field near 260th Street, about five miles south of Mitchell.

"We are unsure if he lost control of his vehicle on the gravel or drove into the field intentionally," Baier said.

At that point, officers did not follow the car into the field but instead watched the lights of the vehicle from roads around the field until it came to rest in a ditch near 408th Avenue.

The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot a short distance before he was apprehended and handcuffed.

No one was injured and there was no damage to property, except the suspect's car, during the chase. The property damage charge stemmed from the window that was broken at the hotel prior to the chase.

Clark has a history of run-ins with law enforcement, including assault charges from two incidents in 2011, an arson charge in 2008 that was later reduced, and a vehicular battery conviction in 2000.

Other charges against Clark as a result of Monday morning's incident include driving with an open container, driving with no valid driver's license and intentional contact of bodily fluids, for spitting on a police officer.

Clark is in custody at the Davison County Jail.

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