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Fort Thompson man arrested after vehicle, foot pursuit

FORT THOMPSON — Police arrested a Fort Thompson man after he led tribal officers on both vehicle and foot pursuits.

On Jan. 30, Bureau of Indian Affairs officers attempted to stop a vehicle, driven by Rodney Swinton, traveling 72 mph in a 35 mph zone. Swinton did not pull over and a pursuit ensued before it "ended on a farm," according to court documents.

He then exited the vehicle and led police on a brief foot pursuit before he was detained and later arrested by a Brule County Sheriff's Office deputy. Because Swinton is not Native American, tribal officers could not make the arrest.

When the Brule County deputy arrived, Swinton had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to court documents.

Swinton was charged with first-offense driving under the influence and eluding, both Class 1 misdemeanors, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 for each charge.

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