Troopers find woman's body after pursuit

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers made a gruesome discovery after a high-speed chase New Year’s Day … a woman’s body.

Tosten David Walsh Lommen (photo courtesy Pennington County Sheriff's Office)

The body was in a car reportedly driven by Tosten David Walsh Lommen, 30 of Santa Cruz, Calif. Lommen was arrested for aggravated eluding and drunken driving. His bond has been set at $2.5 million.

The woman’s death, according to a release from the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, is “suspicious” and under investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigations. She was found wrapped in a blanket in the back of the SUV.

A little before noon Monday, a trooper reportedly spotted Lommen heading east at more than 100 mph on Interstate 90 in Lawrence County. The trooper pursued Lommen from Spearfish to Rapid City at speeds up to 118 mph. The vehicle was spiked near Exit 57 in Rapid City and Lommen was arrested after trying to escape on foot.