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Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes Pickup into a Garage at Sioux Falls House

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, an alleged drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a garage at a house located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after trying to evade police. The driver also crashed into two vehicles parked in the driveway, causing significant damage. 

According to police, at 12:09 a.m., officers received a call regarding a possible drunk driver. The driver, Todd Tronson, 49, of Sioux Falls, was driving a 1989 Chevy Silverado pickup truck east on 10th Street. Officers witnessed the pickup jump the median and then park in the Golden Nugget Casino lot. Tronson then jumped the median again when leaving the parking lot and drove west on 10th Street.

Police pursued the suspect heading south on Lowell Avenue and turned on the sirens and lights of the cruiser. Tronson, however, would not stop and turned east on 12th Street and then south on Cleveland Avenue. The vehicles were traveling approximately 55 to 60 m.p.h. during the chase. Police stopped the pursuit around 13th Street when Tronson refused to pull over.

The officers pursuing Tronson turned off the lights and siren, but continued in the direction of the pickup. The officers then stopped at a house located at 3205 East 18th Street when they saw that the pickup had slammed into the garage. The house belonged to Sarah and Dale Diedrich. 

Upon investigation, it was determined that Tronson had also crashed into a 2000 Toyota Camry and 2000 Ford Ranger; both vehicles were in the Diedrichs’ driveway. Damage to the vehicles amounted to approximately $7000, and damage to the garage is estimated at $5000. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in this crash.

Tronson was arrested for felony aggravated eluding, first offense driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and no proof of insurance. Tronson was issued a cash/surety bond and was scheduled to return to court on March 28, 2013.

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