Three people are hospitalized and facing charges for underage drinking after being trapped in a Ford Taurus that wrapped around tree in the 800 block of Seventh St. early Sunday morning.

Emergency responders used extrication equipment to free the three victims from the car that crashed after hitting three parked cars, according to Rapid City police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel. The victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

“The back bumper was touching the front bumper and all three were trapped in the front seat,” Heupel said. The accident happened around 3:36 a.m.

The driver of the Taurus, Corrina Sitting Bear, 19, of Rapid City is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, vehicular battery, driving with a suspended license and minor consuming.

Also charged with minor consuming are: Wakinyan Blindman, 18, and a 15-year-old female, both of Rapid City.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

(5) comments

ManCalledHorse
ManCalledHorse

I think it's pretty bad what happen! these "kids" might have a drinking problem! Yeah if they are found to have a drinking problem then they should be given the right sort of treatment! council or in patient of those lines. but if they like to just break the law and don't give, then off to jail they go! but I doubt they need jail. It is sad though, Rapid wont try yo help them. They'll just put them on papers so they can suck money out of them. And it's easier to put them behind bars, cause the state gets federal funding for a inmate!!!! MO MONEY MO MONEY MO!!!!

Hanstara
Hanstara

I do believe that DUI laws should be strict. But i also believe that the South Dakota Criminal Justice System is a little bit strict. Laws should be bent to help out people who commit non violent, non sexual, and the crimes that have a lesser impact on victims of the crime. Example if a drug addict gets caught with drugs he could do treatment programs, halfway houses.. or impatient treatment. Or if a person gets caught steal money he/she should be put into a class to help overcome negative thinking patterns. Solve the problems of crime by combating the social and mental issues of the people that commit them. Most people who end up in jail or prison will go back. If u take away the go back to jail or prison part, Then we wont need to build and more jails or prisons.

diskless
diskless

Nothing will ever happen as long as our legal system looks the other way with DUIs and underage drinking. DUIs should be comparable to sexual offenders, and until parents are held responsible for their children actions, nothing will change.

kmac
kmac

DUIs are unfortunate and luckily they only hit parked cars and a tree instead of oncoming traffic, but the reality is there is not much that can be done. I'm all for "blow to start" but people can get around it (could be part of a quick inspection when you register your car?).
Fully automated cars are reality and they'll be here soon; say goodbye to DUIs in 20-30 years. Those with money can say goodbye to DUIs within the next 5 years. Hopefully the law encourages automated cars and allows people to sit in them to take them home. "Blow to start" and if you're drunk it just takes you home.

pirate21
pirate21

They could have killed several people. These youngsters have a serious problem. What do you do with these people?

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