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Man charged with vehicular battery after crash that injured passenger

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

A Fayetteville, Tennessee, man has been charged with vehicular battery following a one-vehicle rollover crash last month in central South Dakota.

Gregory Chick, 25, was the driver involved in a crash on May 26 that injured a passenger, 22-year-old Ethan Brewer, who was transported via helicopter to a Sanford hospital due to serious, non-life threatening injuries. Brewer is also a Tennessee resident.

Court documents say Chick failed several field sobriety tests after a South Dakota Highway Patrolman responded to the crash, which was off 252nd Street in Brule County. When the officer asked what happened, Chick "stated that the tires are larger than what the vehicle calls for and the rear tires got off the pavement and he ended up losing control of the vehicle," according to court documents.

The officer noticed Chick's eyes were bloodshot and glassy along with the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He was placed under arrest after field sobriety tests and a judge signed a search warrant to obtain a blood sample.

Vehicular battery is a Class 4 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: driving under the influence — second offense; and reckless driving. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable upon conviction by up to one year in a county jail and a $2,000 fine.

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