A Letcher man is facing multiple charges after leading authorities on a high speed chase over the weekend with speeds up to 150 miles per hour.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Bruce Pueppke was driving a Porsche eastbound on Interstate 90 at more than 100 miles per hour.
Authorities say a trooper began a pursuit and followed Pueppke when he got off the Interstate at exit 337.
The chase continued north to 247th Street and then Pueppke headed back west. The chase lasted for nearly 20 minutes when Pueppke then turned into a farmstead and tried to hide from law enforcement. He was found a short time later hiding in tall grass.
The Highway Patrol says high speed chases aren't all that uncommon, but it's rare when they reach 150 mph.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it follows certain policies and procedures when it comes to high speed chases.
Sunday, they called it off.
"The information we had that we had figured out during the pursuit, is that the vehicle had a Vern Eide tag on it, kind of dealer type tag, so we didn't have a license plate we came to know who we thought the vehicle was sold to and so we at that time made a decision to terminate the pursuit," Captain Kevin Joffer of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said.
Captain Joffer says the trooper can call off a pursuit at any time or a supervisor can too. They consider a number of factors, including road conditions, traffic and rate of speed. In Sunday's case, it was over 150 mph.
"The speed is high. It's an unusual speed; it's one of those things you have to evaluate it. You can cover a lot of territory at that speed, but public safety is the utmost," Joffer said.
No one was hurt in Sunday's chase, but there have been other cases where the outcome wasn't so good.
Trooper Andrew Steen was run over during a pursuit in October of last year.
And during one in Rapid City earlier this month, a man was shot by law enforcement.
But Joffer says no matter how badly they want to catch a person, public safety comes first.
"You run into stolen vehicles. Run into people who are wanted on warrants; there are various reasons why people don't stop. You just have to evaluate each one as it happens. No one pursuit is the same as the one before," Joffer said.
Joffer says after every high speed chase, they review it to make sure all policies and procedures were followed.