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Mitchell man arrested after crashing stolen vehicle

A Mitchell man was arrested on multiple charges early Sunday morning after allegedly stealing a vehicle, crashing it, then attempting to walk away from the crash.

A Mitchell man was arrested on multiple charges early Sunday morning after allegedly stealing a vehicle, crashing it, then attempting to walk away from the crash.

Jefferey Miner, 42, was arrested for hit and run, driving under the influence and grand theft-all class 1 misdemeanors-after he allegedly stole an older-model Chevy Lumina that was left running and unattended for approximately three minutes while the owner entered a business to pick up a deposit.

A person reported a vehicle parked in the middle of the road with its lights off on the 400 block of East Second Avenue around 2:36 a.m. and told officers a male had gotten out of the car and was walking east, away from the vehicle, Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch said.

The name of the vehicle's owner is not being released.

Reinesch said Miner then side-swiped a 2013 Dodge Avenger parked on East Second Avenue.

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Miner got out of the vehicle and walked away from the crash. Officers located him about a block and a half away.

Reinesch said Miner was stumbling and appeared to be highly intoxicated. He said Miner struggled to form complete sentences when talking to police.

In a preliminary breath test, Miner recorded a 0.287. The legal driving limit in South Dakota is 0.08.

Miner was bonded out of jail on Sunday.

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