Aberdeen man leads officers on chase

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by Katie Zerr

An intoxicated driver driving with the vehicle lights off and on the wrong side of U.S. Highway 12 Thursday, April 5, caused near misses and damaged road markers before being arrested on multiple charges.

According to Mobridge Police Chief Mike Nehls, police were alerted to an intoxicated driver headed east into Mobridge from West River at 1:54 a.m. Thursday. Officers came in contact with a 2011 Honda coming directly towards them in the wrong lane near the South Dakota Department of Transportation building on Highway 12. The vehicle nearly collided head-on said Nehls.

Officers were able to avoid the oncoming vehicle, but another vehicle had to leave the roadway to avoid a collision as the Honda continued into town.

Nehls said officers followed the vehicle, which struck a number of delinear poles on the Academy curve and nearly struck a power pole near Burger King on West Grand Crossing.

Officers were finally able to stop the vehicle on Grand Crossing near First Avenue West.

The driver, Christopher James Mindt, 33, of Aberdeen was arrested for DUI, aggravated eluding, hit and run and threatening a law officer.

“This could have been a really bad situation,” said Nehls, who praised the officers’ actions for keeping others from being injured by the intoxicated driver.

Nehls said officers investigating the incident would like to talk to the driver of the vehicle Mindt forced from the road on Thursday. He asks that person to the call the Mobridge Law Enforcement Office at 845-5000.

Mindt was taken to the Walworth County Jail.

– Katie Zerr –

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