Police arrested a fleeing suspect on foot early Monday morning in a neighborhood on the city’s southeast side, after a vehicle chase on city streets that allegedly reached 60 mph.
Christopher Luke, 33, of Rapid City, was cited for driving with a revoked license, driving under the influence, aggravated eluding of law enforcement, obstructing an officer and several drug-related charges, including possession of marijuana.
Sgt. Wayne Asscherick said the incident began at 6:10 a.m. when someone near Western Dakota Technical Institute on the city’s east side reported Luke’s driving to authorities.
Officers located Luke’s beige pickup and trailed him through much of southeast Rapid City, often at speeds of about 45 mph, Asscherick said, although at one point Luke allegedly sped through a traffic light at Elm Avenue and Fairmont Boulevard going 60 mph.
Luke eventually abandoned his vehicle near the corner of Elm Avenue and Centennial Street and took off on foot through the residential neighborhoods in that area, Asscherick said. Luke, who was not armed, according to Asscherick, was finally arrested at gunpoint by officers near the area of Sage Avenue and Redwood Street.