PUKWANA—A man originally charged with vehicular battery after a rollover crash in Brule County was sentenced last week and will not serve jail time.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on May 26, a pickup was found heavily damaged in a ditch following a crash. When police arrived at the scene, Gregory Chick, 25, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, was sitting in a chair nearby, and the then-22-year-old man who was also involved in the crash was lying on the ground.
Chick, who was identified as the driver at the time of the crash, reportedly failed field sobriety tests and submitted a PBT of 0.058 percent. The other man involved in the crash was airlifted to a hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and Chick refused medical attention.
Chick reportedly told law enforcement that the oversized tires on the truck caused him to lose control while driving.
Charges of vehicular battery and a second-offense DUI were reduced on Aug. 31, and Chick pleaded guilty by power of attorney on Sept. 5 to reckless driving, illegally changing lanes and violating established speed zones, all of which are misdemeanors.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended and credit for three days served and a suspended 30-day sentence for reckless driving and illegally changing lanes, respectively. Between the three convictions, he was ordered to pay $1,271 in fines and court costs.