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Pursuit reaches speeds of 120 mph, ends when suspects run out of fuel

A pursuit involving a reported stolen vehicle reached speeds of 120 mph and spanned about 35 miles Thursday evening. Natasha Demarrias, 20, of Rapid City, and Ryan Bruguier, 26, of Chamberlain, were taken into custody at about 7 p.m. Thursday, ab...

Davison County Sheriff
Davison County Sheriff

A pursuit involving a reported stolen vehicle reached speeds of 120 mph and spanned about 35 miles Thursday evening.

Natasha Demarrias, 20, of Rapid City, and Ryan Bruguier, 26, of Chamberlain, were taken into custody at about 7 p.m. Thursday, about two miles east and four miles north of Kimball, and face multiple felony charges from an incident that originated as a shoplifting call at Mitchell's Shopko store.

According to Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink, a man and woman walked out of Shopko on Thursday evening with stolen clothing and other merchandise.

A person then reported the license plate of the vehicle the two entered, and it came back as a stolen 2014 Kia Optima LX out of Sioux Falls.

At 6:26 p.m., Deputy Darin Moke, of the Davison County Sheriff's Office, met the vehicle on the Highway 37 bypass in Mitchell. Moke turned his vehicle around, activated his police lights and the vehicle allegedly sped away.

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The suspects drove to Interstate 90 and headed west, and a South Dakota Highway patrolman and a South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department conservation officer assisted Moke during the pursuit, Brink said.

Brink said speeds reached 120 mph on the interstate, and the alleged stolen vehicle attempted to exit at U.S. Highway 281, which is mile marker 310, but drove into the the grassy area of the on-ramp and eventually drove back onto the interstate.

"And the chase was back on," Brink said.

The pursuit continued west another 21 miles, and the suspect vehicle exited at south Highway 45, mile marker 289, but drove north - and speeds again reached 100 mph.

The vehicle turned on a gravel road about four miles north off the interstate, but then ran out of gas. Officers conducted a felony stop, which means officers remained protected by cover with their guns drawn. Brink said spike strips were considered during the pursuit, but were not used to stop the vehicle.

Brink said Demarrias and Bruguier were arrested without incident.

"Everything went down just like clockwork," he said. "I watched the video and everything was conducted as safe as possible considering the speeds. I'm very pleased with how everything was handled."

Demarrias and Bruguier are charged with aggravated eluding a law enforcement officer as felony, and receiving stolen property, both Class 6 felonies, each punishable upon conviction of up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine; and reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Brink said they each are being held on $1,000 cash bonds in the Davison County Jail.

"We don't like pursuits," Brink said. "There's a line in the sand and you try not to cross it . There was no injuries with this, but pursuits are still very dangerous."

The Brule and Aurora county sheriff's offices also assisted in the pursuit.

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Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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