SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Charges are pending against the driver of a pickup involved in a single-vehicle crash who’s accused of then stealing a vehicle from someone who stopped to help.
The Sioux Falls Police Department says an officer tried to pull over a pickup near Kiwanis Avenue and Stone Place around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. During the stop, the driver drove off at a high rate of speed and the officer didn’t pursue.
Around 10:35 p.m., the same pickup was turning onto the northbound I-29 on-ramp from 41st Street when it left the road and rolled into the grass.
Police say a passerby stopped to help the victims of the crash. That’s when the driver of the pickup drove off in the witness’s car.
Authorities say a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper stopped the stolen car in the area of Rice Street and Wayland Avenue around 11 p.m.
Police say charges are pending against the driver, 40-year-old Brian Turkey. He was taken to the hospital for injuries he received in the crash.
The 42-year-old passenger of the pickup was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The use of seatbelts is under investigation, officials say.