62 Year Old Dies After High-Speed Chase
December 18, 2009, 5:01 PM
Authorities in Sioux Falls are piecing together how a high speed chase led to the death of a driver.
Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull over 30-year-old Jason Thomas Larsen Smith of Sioux Falls, near 41st Street and Westport Avenue.
"The stop was for a driving violation. Possible drunk driver," Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jerome Miller said.
But authorities say while driving in a red Ford Explorer, Larsen-Smith took off.
"His speed started to increase, refusing to stop for the red lights and the sirens," Miller said.
After a series of twists and turns throughout the city, the trooper followed Larsen-Smith northbound on Tea-Ellis road.
Police say Larsen-Smith blew through one last red light, and crashed into a man driving a Ford Ranger that was heading westbound on 12th Street.
Authorities say Larsen-Smith was driving as fast as 70 to 75 miles per hour during the course of the chase.
Larsen-Smith suffered non-life-threatening injuries. But the driver he hit was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The charges against Mr. Larsen-Smith are DWI 4th offense, driving while revoked, vehicular homicide, aggravated eluding," Miller said.
The pursuit only lasted about seven to eight minutes. But Sioux Falls Police say piecing together the rest of incident will take some time.
© 2009 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
11/22/2014 7:09 AM
South Dakota authorities are searching for a Sisseton man following a shooting early Saturday morning that left four people dead and another person in...
11/22/2014 10:40 AM
Colter Richard Arbach has been located and identified as one of the four people shot and killed this morning in Sisseston.
11/19/2014 4:59 PM
She's already admitted to running a large marijuana ring, now Faith Rasmussen is accused of arranging a deadly robbery.
11/22/2014 5:51 PM
It appears a Sisseton man killed three people and injured a fourth before killing himself early Saturday morning, according to the South Dakota A...
11/19/2014 2:17 PM
A legendary country music star gives support to a Sioux Falls family while their teenage daughter was in a Minneapolis hospital last week.