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Main Street Sturgis on Tuesday.
photo by Gary Matthews
Main Street Sturgis on Tuesday.

Latest Rally Report continues to show more drug arrests


Gary Matthews - August 7, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. - The latest rally tally from the South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to show more drug arrests at this year's rally -- but D.U.I.'s remain flat.

There have been 56 D.U.I. arrests district wide so far -- below 74 at this same time last year.

Drug arrests, however, remain above last year's numbers. As of Monday night, the patrol had made 83 misdemeanor drug arrests and 32 felony drug arrests. That is up from 71 misdemeanor and 16 felony arrests last year.

There were no fatalities in the latest reporting period, but seven injury crashes. To date, the patrol has reported 21 injury crashes -- down from 30 at the same time last year.

Here is a synopsis of the latest injury crashes:

At 8:15 a.m. Monday, Interstate 90, mile marker 107, two miles west of Wall: A 54-year-old female was driving a motorcycle eastbound when she lost control. The motorcycle went off the roadway and into the median. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries.

At 10:37 a.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 21, 10 miles southeast of Spearfish: A motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the road and down into the creek. The male driver, 26, suffered life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 12:21 p.m. Monday, South Dakota Highway 240, mile marker 28, eight miles south of Wall: Two motorcycles were stopped at the stop sign and collided as both attempted to turn left. One male driver, 69, suffered minor injuries. The other male driver, 54, was not injured. Neither driver was wearing a helmet.

At 1 p.m. Monday, U.S. 14A, mile marker 26, 15 miles south of Spearfish: A motorcycle was eastbound on US 14A when it hit a deer. The motorcycle left the roadway and the female driver, 42, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was not wearing a helmet and she sustained minor injuries

At 1:20 p.m. Monday, Vanocker Canyon Road, eight miles south of Sturgis: A motorcycle was northbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when the male driver failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The motorcycle hit a guardrail and then rolled over. The driver, 67, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 2:05 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 109, 13 miles south of Deadwood: A motorcycle driver failed to stop in time for a group of motorcycles ahead of him. The motorcycle slid off the roadway. The male driver, 65, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 8:50 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 66, eight miles north of Belle Fourche: A 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when it collided with an eastbound 1985 Versatile farm tractor. The male driver of the semi was 79 years old and the male driver of the tractor was 44. Both were sustained minor injuries and both were wearing seatbelts.

 



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