A police chase started with a call about suspicious behavior at a Sioux Falls business. Authorities say an overnight worker at Cubby's gas station worried two men were going to rob the store, so he called police at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday.
"He saw this guy inside the car would get out, get back in. Wasn't pumping gas and wasn't doing anything," Sioux Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
The Cubby's manager, who did not want to do an on-camera interview, said the employee who made the call said he had seen the two men before. He told her they came in the night before and asked if there were a lot of $100 bills in the register.
Police say 32-year-old LaKevis Tensley was behind the wheel, and 25-year-old Brent Thomas was the passenger. When authorities arrived, they say Tensley drove away and did not stop. He led officers on a chase going north on Western Avenue to Russell Avenue. The chase continued north on I-29. The suspects drove through an emergency median to turn around, and then went south on I-29.
The suspects pulled off on the Madison Street exit. Authorities arrested the men near 6th Street and Lake Avenue. Tensley faces multiple charges, including aggravated eluding, driving with a revoked license, driving an unlicensed vehicle, and open container. Tensley has a history of past offenses. Both men face charges for marijuana possession.
"Once that pursuit started, the officers saw something come out of the car. When the troopers had made that stop, he went back to the area and found some marijuana on the ground, which is what he believes came out of that car," Clemens said.
At several points, the suspects went through several residential areas. Clemens said officers decided it was safer for everyone to stop chasing the suspects. The Highway Patrol took over.
"When you're going through neighborhoods, it's a bigger concern and cars are going to back out of driveways or turn off of side streets," Clemens said.
Tensley's bond is set at $7,500, and Thomas was released.