Baggies and loaded syringes of methamphetamine were found at the scene of a four-vehicle crash Thursday night in Rapid City.
The Rapid City Police Department responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of Omaha Street and West Boulevard about 10:45 p.m. Police determined that a Ford F-150 pickup truck was southbound on I-190 when it ran a red light and struck a westbound Subaru Forester in the intersection.
Police found the Ford F-150 pickup with significant damage to its front end. The driver, 25-year-old Ryan Terrill of Box Elder, and one passenger, 31-year-old Sarah Decatur of Rapid City, were inside the vehicle.
Rapid City Fire Department resources were used to extricate Terrill. As the driver’s door of the pickup was removed, police saw a loaded firearm fall on the ground. Police also saw a loaded syringe on the driver’s side floorboard. Terrill was removed from the pickup by medical units. Police should have toxicology screening results in six to eight weeks to determine whether Terrill had meth in his blood, Brendyn Medina, community relations specialist for the Rapid City Police Department, said Friday.
When an officer opened the pickup's passenger side door, the officer saw an open purse on Decatur’s lap that contained several loaded syringes and a search of the purse turned up a digital scale and several jeweler’s baggies filled with a white crystal substance. These items were all field-tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.
Terrill and Decatur were taken to Monument Health Rapid City Hospital and treated for injuries. Terrill has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and commission of a felony with a firearm. Decatur was charged with possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. Both were released on personal recognizance bonds.
The driver of the Subaru Forester was taken to the hospital and later charged with DUI.