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Vehicle drives in ditch to avoid Winner police

WINNER -- A low-speed chase occurred Tuesday afternoon in the southwest part of Winner after an officer attempted to pull a vehicle over for speeding.

The vehicle fled and later drove into a ditch to avoid a police officer who was in a parked police car attempting to stop the vehicle, according to Winner Police Chief Paul Schueth.

"They went to housing on a mini-reservation where Winner Police Department has no jurisdiction," Schueth said. "That way, they're free. It's just like going across state line or into Mexico."

About one-half mile south of Winner is an area of Rosebud Sioux Tribe American Indian ground in which about 30 to 40 houses are located.

Schueth said when the officer originally attempted to pull the vehicle over, it did not stop. A "low-speed chase" ensued for about one-half mile, hitting speeds no higher than 50 mph. Schueth explained short pursuits "are not uncommon" and "it's not the first pursuit like this we've had."

Schueth said the pursuit was called off quickly so no one was endangered. The vehicle then avoided the parked police car and drove off the road.

The Winner Police Department is still investigating the incident, Schueth said.