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Garretson man arrested following pursuit in Miner, Lake counties

HOWARD — A Garretson man was arrested Monday night after leading police on a 35-mile pursuit through two counties, reaching speeds of 100 mph.

At 6:18 p.m., Miner County deputies served a protection order against 58-year-old Terrel Johnson, and when officers questioned the smell of alcohol coming from Johnson he fled in his vehicle, according to the Miner County Sheriff’s Office.

The pursuit spanned 35 miles in rural Miner County and Lake County before the vehicle entered the ditch at the intersection of 229th Avenue and 442A Avenue in Lake County. The pursuit peaked at 100 mph when traveling on highways, and reached up to 70 mph on gravel roads.

During the pursuit, Johnson allegedly threw a bag containing several bags of marijuana out the car’s window.

Nobody was injured in the pursuit, authorities said.

Johnson was arrested for aggravated eluding, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and reckless driving. He is being held at the Lake County Jail.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit.