Family Of Woman Who Suffered Brain Damage After High-Speed Chase Files Lawsuit


The family of a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury following a chase by law enforcement is now suing the U.S. government over the actions of a tribal officer in the pursuit. 

Our KELOLAND News investigation, “The Price of Pursuit,” looked into this high-speed 2017 chase through Moody County which ended in a crash, leaving three young people with broken necks. 

19-year-old Morgan Ten Eyck was a passenger in the vehicle. We also spoke to the driver Tahlen Bourassa. The other passenger in the car, Micah Roeman declined our request for an interview. He has filed his own similar lawsuit. 

Ten Eyck’s family is suing the U.S. government and former Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Police Chief Rob Neuenfeldt over the chase. The lawsuit alleges that Neuenfeldt disregarded orders to end the pursuit. 

The Ten Eycks also allege in court papers that Neuenfeldt didn’t have jurisdiction because it was off of tribal land and didn’t follow Bureau of Indian Affairs policies. Our KELOLAND News investigation looked into the BIA rules regarding pursuits by tribal officers and many of othem appeared to be broken in this incident. 

Following the incident, Neuenfeldt left as tribal police chief and is now a City of Flandreau police officer. The Ten Eycks are asking for $150,000,000 in compenstation, plus punitive damages and attorney fees.

Morgan’s mother Michelle Ten Eyck tells KELOLAND Investigates that the military insurance policy which covers her family still has not paid for any equipment, such as a ramp, or ceiling lift for her disabled daughter. 

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