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Wild chase ends in arrest near White Lake

An Arizona man was arrested recently for eluding police near White Lake, reaching speeds of 110 mph.

Peter Friese Jr., 29, of Phoenix, sped by a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who had stopped another motorist on Interstate 90 around 9 p.m. Sept. 26, according to court documents.

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Earlier in September, Friese had allegedly eluded law enforcement in Mitchell by going 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Trooper Justin Schmiedt reported that Friese failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. Schmiedt pursued Friese with his emergency lights and sirens on.

Instead of stopping, Friese allegedly exited I-90 by White Lake, ran a stop sign, entered an RV park/motel lot, and did a U-turn onto Aurora County Road 11 and onto a gravel road. He allegedly made another U-turn to the RV park/motel lot and then onto a minimum maintenance road.

At one point, Friese allegedly shut off his headlights and drove into a cornfield. Schmiedt found the vehicle’s tracks and followed them. Friese turned on his headlights and continued to elude Schmiedt, court documents say.

The hour-long pursuit ended after Friese crashed his vehicle through a barbed wire fence and off an embankment into a creek bed. A foot pursuit ensued until Schmiedt apprehended Friese.

Friese suffered minor injuries but refused treatment. He said he’d run from law enforcement because his driver’s license was suspended and he was “a self-proclaimed great driver,” court documents say.

Friese is charged with aggravated eluding, which carries a maximum punishment upon conviction of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both.

He is also charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, a move-over violation and intentional damage to property for destroying portions of a corn field and a barbed wire fence — all are misdemeanors.

Schmiedt recorded Friese’s blood-alcohol content at 0.054 at 10:30 p.m. The legal driving limit is 0.08, so he was not charged with drunken driving.

Schmiedt also issued warnings for speeding 50 mph over the speed limit, stop sign violations and not wearing a seat belt.

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