Stolen Vehicle, Eluding, Kidnapping Arrest

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 3:35 p.m., a Sioux Falls Police Department officer stopped a vehicle at Tenth Street and Van Eps Avenue because the driver had a warrant for his arrest. When the officer stopped the vehicle, he asked the driver out of the vehicle. While the driver was out of the vehicle, the front seat juvenile male passenger jumped in the driver seat and stole the vehicle. Detectives working in the area kept an eye on the vehicle until it stopped at Austin Street and Blauvelt Avenue. The juvenile male exited the vehicle and fled. When the juvenile male fled the vehicle, he neglected to put the car in park and instead put it in reverse. The vehicle rolled backward down the street until it came to rest against an unmarked police vehicle causing minor damage.

A juvenile female passenger in the backseat exited the vehicle with the original driver’s 6-year-old daughter. The juvenile female passenger attempted to throw the juvenile female over a fence and flee from police. As the juvenile female exited the vehicle, the vehicle ran over her right foot. The juvenile female was taken into custody a short distance from the vehicle.

The juvenile male that fled the car was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. The juvenile male had methamphetamine in his possession. The original driver of the car was arrested for his warrant and cited for traffic offenses.

The juvenile male passenger turned driver was lodged at JDC for possession of controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, kidnapping, child endangerment, fleeing police, obstructing police, aggravated eluding, possession of stolen vehicle, and grand theft.

The juvenile female backseat passenger was treated at a local hospital for her injured foot and lodged at JDC for kidnapping, child endangerment, fleeing, and obstructing police.

The 6-year-old (daughter of original driver) was turned over to her mother.