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Mitchell police searching for driver from high-speed pursuit

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Mitchell police searching for driver from high-speed pursuit
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Mitchell police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that led police on a high-speed pursuit late Saturday night.

Officer Russ Stevenson attempted to pull over a vehicle at 12th Avenue on Main Street around 10:48 p.m. Saturday for speeding, according to Officer Pat Marler, the supervising officer for the Mitchell Police Division on Monday afternoon. From 12th Avenue, the pursuit increased to speeds above 100 mph near the Mitchell Campground. At one point, the pursuit doubled back and the vehicles headed south into Mitchell.

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Stevenson terminated the pursuit at 10:50 p.m. near 23rd Avenue for safety reasons, because the speeds were too fast, Marler said.

Officers later found the vehicle, a white 2000 Alero, abandoned near 12th Avenue and Langdon Street. The vehicle was towed.

A passenger from the vehicle -- Juan Colombe, 21, of Mitchell -- was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Sunday for obstructing law enforcement, Marler said. Witnesses identified Colombe as a passenger who exited the Alero during the pursuit.

Assistant Chief of Police Leon Baier said when the Alero slowed down to make a turn, a person got out of the passenger door near Mitchell rodeo grounds. The person was later found walking back into town and identified as Colombe.

Police are still searching for the vehicle's driver, but do not yet have a physical description. The case is still under investigation, Baier said, but no further information is available.

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