High speed chase ends near Hague


Multiple officers from agencies across northern South Dakota and North Dakota, Tuesday, Aug. 19, were involved in a high-speed chase that began in Pierre and ended northeast of Hague, N.D.

According to Walworth County Sheriff Josh Boll, two people were arrested by the Emmons County Sheriff’s Office near Hague. The driver, Bradley Parisien, 32, a resident of North Dakota, is being held in the Walworth County jail on charges of reckless driving out of Emmons County. The passenger in the vehicle, Mathew Belgarde, 23, of Mandan, was transported to a Burleigh County Jail, where he is being held on outstanding warrants from that county. Boll did not release the circumstances of the arrest, but said the charges could be amended and charges from other counties could be filed.

The pursuit began Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. when, according to a news release from the Pierre Police Department, they received a report of a driver of a black 2003 Acura R.S.T. with North Dakota plates weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed in Pierre. A patrol officer located this vehicle in the parking lot of a business and officers approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver and his male passenger.  Parisien took off and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  The Pierre police pursued the vehicle north through a construction zone, and then eastbound on U.S. Highway 14.  The speed of the pursuit reached speeds of over 100 mph according to the report.  Pierre police officers terminated the part in the pursuit near their Del Acres area.  The pursuit was taken over by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

According to Boll, Parisien was able to elude officers through Potter County. It was later reported that he had stopped in Lebanon to purchase five gallons of gas from a farmer and proceeded north. Law enforcement units from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the McPherson, Potter, Walworth and Campbell County sheriff’s offices and the Hoven and Selby Police Departments were involved in the pursuit.

The vehicle was spotted on Highway 271, near the Java turn, but Parisien was able to lose the pursuing law enforcement.

According to Boll, Parisien drove through Selby on U.S. Highway 83, but left the highway north of town onto County Road 307 where the Acura struck another vehicle occupied by Emmitt and Elijah Bohle of Selby. The Bohles were not injured in the accident and Boll said the investigation of that accident is not complete.

The Acura proceeded north until the arrest was made in North Dakota.

Boll said possible charges pending against Parisien in Walworth County include aggravated eluding, hit and run, and failure to report an accident. He said charges in other counties may be pending.

– Katie Zerr –



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