RCPD Pursuit Ends In Crash And Arrest

Sep 23, 2019

The Rapid City Police Department attempted to pull over a vehicle for a license plate violation this weekend. The incident turned into a pursuit, ending with a car crash and arrest. 

Brendyn Medina is the Community Relations Specialist for the Rapid City Police Department. He says Robert Whiteplune was driving on the north side of Rapid City around 2 a.m.. An officer attempted to pull him over for driving without a properly illuminated license plate. 

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A Rapid City woman is in custody for felony child abuse following reports her child was left in a hot vehicle.  The child was said to have been left in a truck for an extended period.


Officials say heat stroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash related fatalities among children.


Brendyn Medina is the public information officer for the Rapid City Police Department. He says Officers responded to a call at 640 Floorman St Monday morning.


Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota authorities have taken 500-thousand dollars’ worth of a dangerous drug off the street. Tuesday Chamberlain Police and the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant. They found 20,000 fentanyl pills.

Fentanyl has real medical uses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that doctors prescribe the synthetic opioid to ease pain after surgery or alleviate chronic pain. People addicted to drugs may use fentanyl that’s manufactured for medicine.

Minnehaha County officials are implementing a new assessment that flags defendants who present a risk to the community. The effort is designed to help judges determine whether someone accused of crime should be released before trial. The process combines multiple factors but eliminates identifiers such as race, income, education, and family status.

Rapid City Police Department

UPDATE:   A criminal charge against a SkyWest Airlines pilot accused of being under the influence of alcohol before a flight at a South Dakota airport has been dismissed.

The Pennington County State's Attorney’s office filed for dismissal of the case because blood drawn from the pilot hours after a preliminary breath test showed no measurable alcohol in his system.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Dec 29, 2014
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Law Enforcement officials across the state are increasing their presence over the holidays from rural South Dakota highways to busy city streets.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are planned across the state--the goal is to stop drunk driving accidents and reduce holiday fatalities.

 And it’s not just South Dakota, a national campaign with a slogan called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is underway.