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Kyle man arrested for fatal Rapid City police chase

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RAPID CITY (AP) — A Kyle man injured in a fatal police chase in Rapid City has been charged with drunken driving, manslaughter and vehicular homicide, among other crimes.

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Jimmy Pilcher, 36, was arrested Monday in an Oct. 11 crash that left one person dead and several others injured. Pilcher is charged with driving under the influence, aggravated eluding, manslaughter and vehicular homicide, the Rapid City Police Department said.

He is recovering in a hospital but has been causing trouble for staff, so he was arrested and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office will guard him until he's taken to jail, police said.

Pilcher could not be contacted Monday, and it was not clear whether he has a lawyer.

A deputy was chasing Pilcher on Oct. 11 when his car ran a red light in Rapid City and was hit by another car. A passenger in that second vehicle, Tamera Hunter, 40, of Kyle, was killed and the driver and several others were injured in the crash, which involved four vehicles.

Deputies began pursuing Pilcher's Chevrolet Impala after a caller reported it was trying to run someone off the road on Highway 44, said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, who defended the chase after reviewing dashboard camera footage.

According to court records, Pilcher has previously pleaded guilty to several driving violations and other misdemeanors, including driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, speeding, failing to wear a seat belt, failing to stop at an intersection, possession of controlled substances and disorderly conduct involving domestic abuse.

He has a warrant in Custer County for a probation violation.

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