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Man angry about missing beer taken to jail, hospital after chase

WINNER--A Parmelee man was arrested early Oct. 9 for allegedly hitting a disabled woman in the face and eluding police in a stolen truck. According to a police incident report, 24-year-old Levi Big Crow, of Parmelee, had given another man two bee...

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Police lights. (Republic file photo)

WINNER-A Parmelee man was arrested early Oct. 9 for allegedly hitting a disabled woman in the face and eluding police in a stolen truck.

According to a police incident report, 24-year-old Levi Big Crow, of Parmelee, had given another man two beers, then became angry when he was unable to account for the two beers. The other man soon heard Big Crow yelling at and then hitting a woman, who reportedly has Parkinson's Disease, in the eye. At the time, all three people, as well as a fourth person who called the police, were reportedly in an apartment, but Big Crow left on foot after being confronted for allegedly hitting the woman.

After being called at about 12:40 a.m., Winner police officers responded to the apartment and then began looking for Big Crow. At about 2:13 a.m., they were reportedly told that Big Crow had returned to the apartment. As the officers headed toward the apartment, they were then informed that Big Crow had left again, this time in a silver pickup.

According to court documents, the officers soon located a truck matching that description and activated their emergency lights. The truck slowed and pulled over, then drove away as the officers approached the vehicle.

Big Crow reportedly drove at speeds above 70 mph in a 45 mph zone as two patrol cars drove on either side of him on Highway 18. He eventually came to a stop, but again drove off before the officers approached the truck.

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At that point, smoke started coming from the truck, which slowed and then came to a stop again. As police approached the truck, Big Crow allegedly got out of the vehicle and ran a few steps before being taken to the ground and handcuffed.

When Big Crow was put in the back of a patrol car, he reportedly injured himself by hitting his head against the cage in the car.

Police found that the truck Big Crow had been driving belonged to a construction company, the owner of which said he did not know Big Crow and had not lent him the truck, which he estimated was worth about $2,000 and had tools worth about $1,200 in it.

Big Crow was taken to the Winner City Jail, but was taken to the hospital about an hour and a half later when he started having seizures and became unresponsive. Medical staff were able to stop the seizures, but reportedly determined that Big Crow needed to be taken to Sioux Falls for medical attention.

Big Crow is charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, a Class 5 felony, and abuse of a disabled adult, a Class 6 felony. He is also charged with eluding, reckless driving, domestic simple assault and resisting arrest, all of which are Class 1 misdemeanors. If convicted of all charges, he could be incarcerated for up to 11 years and have to pay up to $22,000 in fines.

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