A fugitive, who authorities say is a well known drug user in Sioux Falls, is back in trouble again, this time for allegedly running away from deputies and threatening to kill law enforcement officers.
It all started last night in Humboldt when the Fugitive Task Force and Street Crimes Unit were attempting to serve 36-year-old James Lanpher Junior a warrant for possessing meth.
But when officers tried arresting him, he took off. They caught up with him minutes later at an apartment building in Hartford where the situation got even more intense.
Fire roared through several garage units at this apartment building on Ruud Lane in Hartford Tuesday night. Police say it was caused by Lanpher.
Authorities say he pulled into one of the units with a stolen car.
When a deputy pulled up behind him, Lanpher allegedly started ramming his car back and forth, hitting both the deputy's truck and the back of the garage.
"He made numerous threats he wouldn't be taken alive and he would shoot it out with the cops and is not going back to prison," Minnehaha County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Gearman said.
When Lanpher busted through the back of the garage, the car started on fire. Authorities believe the fire destroyed three or four other vehicles along with the building and other personal property inside.
Lanpher appeared in court Wednesday on a long list of charges, including eight counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, intentional damage to property and escape.
Lanpher is no stranger to police. A background check shows 22 pages of criminal history; including drugs, weapons violations and even promoting prostitution.
Lanpher is being held in jail on $150,000 cash only bond. Authorities are just thankful no one was hurt.
"Now numerous people have lost their vehicles and their property that was in the garages, because this guy didn't want to stop for police and was willing to do anything to get away," Gearman said.
Two other people are facing charges in connection with Tuesday night's incident.
Sienna Irons, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and 34-year-old Rishauna Kluever are both charged with harboring a fugitive. Lanpher could face even more charges.
In court Wednesday, prosecutors said he allegedly held a woman at gunpoint for several hours before stealing her car.