|Suspect identified from high speed pursuit|
|Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:38|
Rapid City Police say Clifford approached someone in the Best Buy parking lot Monday afternoon, revealed a handgun and stole the man's car. Officers then pursued the stolen vehicle west on I-90, where police estimate speeds reached about 120 miles per hour. But Lt. Mark Eisenbraun says the overall risk is actually minimized when a high speed pursuit takes place on the interstate.
Eisenbraun says, "On the interstate you have factors that make it more safe than in town. For instance, there was a one way, they were on one side of the interstate, so there was no traffic coming the other direction. Speeds are inherently much higher, so if the suspect decides to drive super fast it's not as dangerous because those roads are designed for higher speeds, and in addition the roads just aren't as crowded as they would be in most towns."
The pursuit ended at mile marker 32 when the vehicle's rear tires hit a set of spike strips and rolled. Police say Clifford was taken into custody, and a .45 caliber handgun was located inside the vehicle.