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Three arrested for drugs in Brule Co. after foot pursuit

BRULE COUNTY -- Three men were arrested earlier this month when they were found in possession of drugs in a vehicle and the driver attempted to avoid being arrested, court documents say.

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BRULE COUNTY - Three men were arrested earlier this month when they were found in possession of drugs in a vehicle and the driver attempted to avoid being arrested, court documents say.

Winston Houseman, 22, of Wagner; Frank Fischer, 30, of Sioux Falls; and Edward Antelope, 38, of Sioux Falls, were arrested Feb. 5 on drug charges. The arrest came after law enforcement allegedly found marijuana and other drugs in their vehicle.

According to court documents, Houseman was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Highway 50. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over the vehicle for speeding and allegedly observed several signs of drug use, including dilated pupils and shaking hands.

The trooper asked Houseman to sit in the patrol vehicle and discovered a large amount of cash in his pocket, court documents state. The trooper told Houseman he would be detained, so Houseman allegedly ran from the patrol car and yelled to the two passengers in the Explorer to "Go, go."

The trooper followed Houseman through storage buildings, over fences and across Interstate 90, where Houseman sat down on the north edge of the westbound lane and was handcuffed, court documents state.

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A Chamberlain police officer secured the passengers, identified as Fischer and Antelope. A search of the vehicle allegedly produced a glass methamphetamine pipe with residue, three tubes with a white powder, a syringe needle with liquid inside, two marijuana joints, marijuana, rolling paper, plastic baggies and scissors with residue.

All three men were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; possession of marijuana, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Houseman was also charged with first-degree escape, a Class 4 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; ingestion of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony; first-offense DUI and obstructing police; Class 1 misdemeanors; and speeding and driving with cut or worn tires, Class 2 misdemeanors.

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