- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on a dead body found in a vehicle after a high-speed chase in South Dakota (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A South Dakota trooper says state highway patrol officials found a dead woman wrapped in a blanket in an SUV stopped after a high-speed chase with a drunk driver from California.

A court complaint filed Tuesday says 30-year-old Tosten Walsh Lommen, of Santa Cruz, faces charges including aggravated eluding and drunken driving. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office says state authorities are investigating the “suspicious death.”

The Pennington County Clerk of Courts office says Lommen’s bond has been set at $2.5 million.

Jackley’s office says a Highway Patrol trooper on Monday observed Lommen driving over 100 mph on I-90 in western South Dakota.

Trooper Jeremy Biegert says in a court affidavit that the vehicle came to rest in a ditch after officials used spike strips. Biegert says officials found the body in the rear of the vehicle.


11:17 a.m.

State authorities are investigating after officials allegedly found a dead woman’s body in a vehicle following a high-speed chase in South Dakota.

Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office said Tuesday a 30-year-old California man has been arrested on several charges.

Authorities say a Highway Patrol trooper on Monday observed the suspect driving over 100 mph on I-90 in western South Dakota. Officials say the trooper attempted to pull the driver over, but the suspect didn’t stop.

Law enforcement says the pursuit continued from Spearfish to Rapid City, about 50 miles (80 kilometers), reaching speeds of about 118 mph, before authorities put down stop spikes to disable the vehicle.

Officials say the suspect attempted to flee on foot before getting caught. The body was allegedly found during a search of the vehicle.

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