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Calls to fire Spearfish Police Officer prompts response from Department

There are calls on social media for the arresting officer to be fired. But the police...
There are calls on social media for the arresting officer to be fired. But the police department insists there was no wrongdoing.(Spearfish PD)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM MST
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SPEARFISH, S.D. (KEVN) - The Spearfish Police Department is responding to an online controversy involving the police this past June, when a panicked mother -- worried about the safety of her child -- was arrested for breaking traffic laws, in her haste to get home to her son’s side. Now, there are calls on social media for the arresting officer to be fired. But the police department insists there was no wrongdoing.

On June 18th, Spearfish Resident Ashley Donarski was going over 80 mph in the Sandstone Housing Development with her flashers on. Officer Hunter Bradley pursued her to her home, where he found that her son had fallen out of a second-story window. Donarski had been on the phone with others at the home who had notified her of the incident. After providing EMT services, Officer Bradley arrested Donarski for her traffic violations.

Spearfish Public Safety Director Pat Rotert said at a news conference that he understands Donarskis’s urgency.

“I have four very active kids who have injured themselves a number of times,” Rotert said. “I get where she was coming from and how easy it is to be in a different place as opposed to operating how you should be.”

Rotert insists, however, that Officer Bradley acted legally and ethically.

Donarski took to Facebook recently to express her anger at Officer Bradley for the incident. Even creating a petition to have him fired.

Rotert said that the way she has presented her story could mislead people.

“We have people that are looking at the pictures, looking at “Fire Hunter Bradley,” and thinking he injured those children,” Rotert said. “So, that’s some of the kind of the stuff we’re dealing with.”

Before this, Officer Bradley had no other complaints about his actions as an officer.

Black Hills Fox News reached out to Ms. Donarski for comment, and so far, have not heard back. We’ll keep you updated as more details become available.

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