Deadwood Cop Escapes Injury When Struck By Suspect’s Vehicle


       A Deadwood police officer escaped injury Thursday when a suspect in a domestic violence case in Lead backed his car into the officer’s cruiser and struck him.

The suspect was arrested later in the day following a brief chase in Rapid City.

     The Deadwood Police Department says officers had spotted a vehicle believed to be related to the Lead case and made a traffic stop in a casino parking lot.

      They approached the male driver and ordered him to get out of the vehicle, but he refused, then threw it into reverse and hit one officer and a patrol car containing an officer-in-training before fleeing at high speed. 

      The suspect was able to get away and is believed to have later stolen a vehicle in Lawrence County. He was located in Rapid City in a third vehicle and was taken into custody following a short police pursuit. 

       The theft of the Lawrence County vehicle is being handle in an investigation separate from the one involving the attack on the officers and the pursuit.  

        Deadwood Police Department issued thanks via social media to 6 other law enforcement agencies for their assistance in the case.

        Those agencies are the Lawrence, Meade, and Pennington County Sheriff’s Offices, Rapid City and Sturgis Police Departments and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.