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Two warrants issued for man accused of multiple high-speed pursuits

City of Mitchell workers lay down sewer drainage pipes along Pheasant Street in this 2015 photo in Mitchell. Wastewater projects are a priority for municipalities around South Dakota, but paying for them has proven to be much tougher. (Republic file photo)

LAKE ANDES — Police issued a warrant Tuesday for a Tripp man who eluded law enforcement during a high-speed chase at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and for whom a separate arrest warrant for a chase in Charles Mix County had been outstanding since June.

Jeremy Daugherty, 35, was allegedly observed by a Highway Patrol officer to be driving a gray 1996 Oldsmobile Regency at 12 mph over the posted speed limit while traveling west on U.S. Highway 18 near mile marker 371. When the officer turned on his lights, the car reportedly did not stop, but turned onto 408th Avenue and drove on the gravel road at speeds as high as 99 mph and failed to stop at multiple stop signs while being pursued.

Daugherty allegedly then turned onto 281st Street and then drove into a cornfield about halfway between 405th and 406th avenues. The officer involved in the pursuit reportedly contacted responding officers, and a drone was brought to the scene.

According to court documents, the car was located about 25 yards into the cornfield with both of its front doors left open. A wallet in the driver's side door panel was found to contain a South Dakota medical benefits card with Daugherty's name and date of birth on it, as well as photos of Daugherty and $559 in cash. Neither Daugherty nor the passenger that had been seen earlier by the Highway Patrol officer was found at the scene, but Daugherty was later arrested and taken into custody at the Charles Mix County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

For that chase, Daugherty is charged with aggravated eluding, a Class 6 felony, as well as reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, both of which are misdemeanors, and stop sign and speeding violations.

Daugherty was previously arrested in Charles Mix County for another high-speed chase in May in which he was allegedly involved. In that incident, a Highway Patrol officer had attempted to stop a sedan that had "loud and unusual exhaust," according to court documents. A pursuit began, and the car continued for several miles at speeds of up to 93 mph until it stopped running.

As the car came to a stop, the passenger reportedly threw a black case out of the car into a ditch. The case was later found to contain about 60 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Daugherty, the driver of the car, was arrested on multiple drug charges, including driving under the influence of drugs. At the time of that pursuit, a woman and two children, ages 6 and 7, were in the car with Daugherty, and he was additionally charged with aggravated eluding and child endangerment.

Daugherty was released on bond on June 4, and he pleaded not guilty to all charges in court on June 11. An arrest warrant was executed out of Charles Mix County on June 22 after he allegedly violated the 24/7 provision of his bond and was returned following his most recent arrest.

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