Jasper man, previously convicted of criminal vehicular homicide, arrested for driving while impaired

Chad Vansurksum was arrested after he reportedly struck a light pole in the city of Jasper.

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PIPESTONE — A Jasper man previously convicted of vehicular homicide in South Dakota has been charged with first-degree driving while impaired following a Nov. 9 arrest in the city of Jasper.

Chad Evert Vansurksum, 40, is charged with the felony-level crime in Pipestone County Fifth Judicial District.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement was dispatched to the city of Jasper for a hit-and-run property damage crash at 9:43 p.m. Nov. 9. Upon arriving at the intersection of Minnesota 269 and 30th Avenue in Jasper, law enforcement discovered an Xcel Energy power pole, with a street light attached, laying partially on the roadway. The pole appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.

Officers followed the trail of transmission fluid to the 100 block of Fourth Street West in Jasper, where they observed a Ford F150 truck parked in a garage with transmission fluid around it.

Officers knocked on the door of the residence and Vansurksum answered. When asked if he’d consumed any alcohol since he’d been home, Vansurksum reportedly stated that he had not.


During questioning about how Vansurksum hit the pole, he allegedly stated that he swerved for a deer. Law enforcement detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from Vansurksum, as well as slurred speech, watery and bloodshot eyes and swaying.

Vansurksum reportedly stated he was driving 25 to 30 miles per hour when he struck the light pole.

Vansurksum reportedly had difficulty during a law enforcement-issued field sobriety test, and submitted to a preliminary breath test, which provided an initial reading of .187 blood alcohol content. Later tests conducted at the jail registered .189, .19 and .18.

Vansurksum was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide as a result of an alcohol-related offense in South Dakota in December 2001.

If convicted in this latest incident, Vansurksum faces a maximum seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.

A photo of Vansurksum was not available.

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