Rapid City Police make DUI arrest after man hits a fire hydrant

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Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 2:28 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A long pursuit of a man driving a Ford Mustang came to an end after he veered off the road and struck a fire hydrant. Police discovered he was drinking and arrested him for his fifth-ever DUI.

Jerry Littlebear, 49, of Rapid City, was driving on Milwaukee Street around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, when Rapid City Police attempted a traffic stop because the Mustang was suspected to belong to someone involved in an assault.

Littlebear didn’t stop. As Police pursued the Mustang, it turned into the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Haines Avenue and rounded the building, spun out and stopped. Police ordered Littlebear to leave his vehicle, but he reversed and headed east on Mall Drive.

While driving on Mall Drive, the hood of the Mustang popped up, blocking Littlebear’s visibility of the road. He then lost control and veered off the road into a fire hydrant.

“He did pass through the Lakota Homes area at one point prior to going through the parking lot at 2550 Haines,” Brendyn Medina, spokesperson for the Rapid City Police Department said. “From there he got on Mall Drive. The location where he crashed is near a Great Western Tire on Mall Drive.”

When police ordered Littlebear out of the Mustang, they noted he smelled of alcohol and determined he was drunk.

He was also placed under arrest for Aggravated Eluding, Reckless Driving, Driving Under Revocation, and No Proof of Insurance before being transported to the Pennington County Jail.

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