Trucker Leads Police on Dangerous “High Speed Pursuit”
Lennox, SD – A “welfare check” on a trucker Thursday night quickly escalated into a dangerous “high speed pursuit” along Highway 44, South Dakota authorities say.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), the incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m.
LCSO officers, along with Lennox Police Department (LPD) deputies, made contact with an unidentified trucker parked near Industrial Avenue and Highway 44.
However, investigators say that during the course of the encounter the driver absconded in his semi pulling a “fully loaded enclosed trailer at a high rate of speed without headlights and taillights.”
The pursuit went eastbound from Lennox and through the city limits of Worthing reaching speeds around 90 mph, LCSO reports.
The trucker eventually lost control of the rig and then jackknifed.
Investigators indicate the rig overturned and rolled east of the intersection of 280th Street and Highway 115.
Local fire departments and EMS immediately responded to the scene and were successfully able to extricate the driver from the semi.
He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, LCSO says.
His condition is unknown at this time.
It is unclear why the trucker chose to flee.
Authorities have not yet said if any other injuries or damage occurred during the pursuit.
LCSO says the investigation is still in the “early stages” and no charges have yet been filed.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor updates on this story.
Photos courtesy of LCSO