Warrant issued for Rapid City woman after Winner theft, high-speed chase
WINNER — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Rapid City woman who is facing felony child abuse charges after allegedly leading a 100-mph car chase in Tripp County recently.
Jamie Donner, 34, is facing three charges, for her alleged role in crimes that law enforcement said took place on Sept. 24. Those charges include felony child abuse, reckless driving and second-degree petty theft.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Tripp County, authorities received a report around 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 24 that a Native American woman ran out the door with clothing from the Runnings store in Winner and was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 18 in a black Chevy Blazer. An affidavit from Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit indicated that a vehicle believed to be driven by Donner was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing other cars, before being able to pull up along side the driver and look into the car in a four-lane portion of the road.
"The driver just was stone faced forward and would not look over. I then notice a kid in the front passenger seat bobbing up and down and waving his hand," Pettit wrote.
Pettit wrote that the pursuit continued outside of Winner, reaching 101 mph when he decided to terminate the pursuit due to the speed and that there were children in the vehicle. Another law enforcement officer recorded the driver at 101 mph about 8 miles west of Winner. Registration on the vehicle came back to Donner.
Winner Police used a surveillance images from Runnings and images from the Winner City Jail to identify the woman as Donner. They showed a woman with the same clothes and hair picking up a commissary funds release check from the jail about 45 minutes before the incident at Runnings. The release was in the amount of $100 for Donner, but she left the Winner City Jail before the check was ready.
Donner allegedly shoplifted $126.69 in goods from Runnings. The stolen items included at least two pairs of blue jeans, a bag of pretzels and a box of oatmeal pies.
Child abuse, a Class 3 felony, carries a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and an optional fine of $30,000, while reckless driving and petty theft in the second degree are Class 1 and Class 2 misdemeanors, respectively.