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Serious Charges for Sioux Falls Drunk Driver After Assaulting Police


Posted on Feb 21, 2013

A driver from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was arrested after assaulting an officer during a traffic stop. The driver is facing a number of serious charges.

Around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 51-year-old David Mortensbak was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck in the wrong direction on 11th Street in Sioux Falls. Police observed Mortensbak driving the wrong way on this one-way street and pulled him over near 12th Street and West Avenue.

The police officer walked over to the window of the pickup and asked Mortensbak to turn off the vehicle. When Mortensbak refused, the officer tried to take the keys out of the ignition. Mortensbak then punched the police officer in the face and drove away. 

Officers pursued Mortensback, heading westbound on 10th Street. Mortensbak then turned onto Lincoln Avenue and tried to turn around at the end of the road, near railroad tracks. In the process of attempting to make a turn, Mortensbak crashed into a parked trailer. 

Mortensbak then got out of his pickup and began fighting with the police officer. The officer released a police dog from the vehicle. The dog started biting Mortensbak, who then ran back to his pickup and shut the door.

Additional police arrived at the scene and Mortensbak kicked another police officer. He was then arrested and treated for bite wounds at the hospital. It was determined that Mortensbak had a blood alcohol content of .267. The legal limit in South Dakota is .08.

Mortensbak was arrested on several charges, including three counts of simple assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest, obstructing law enforcement, second offense for driving while intoxicated, aggravated eluding, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, and driving with an open container.

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