High-speed chase near Adrian results in criminal charges
ADRIAN — Two South Dakota men were charged last week in Nobles County District Court after taking law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit of up to 120 miles per hour near Adrian.
Demareio C. Hester, 19, and Karoteh K. Suah, 18, both of Sioux Falls, S.D. were arrested April 13 after their vehicle skidded out of control and came to a stop in a snow-covered ditch near Nobles County 35 and Nobles County 15 east of Adrian.
According to the criminal complaint, the duo were stopped on Interstate 90 near mile marker 13 for speeding. Upon contact, the Minnesota state trooper recognized an odor that he suspected to be burnt marijuana. While the trooper repeatedly inquired whether or not marijuana was present in the vehicle, Suah — the vehicle’s passenger — allegedly glanced over at Hester, the driver, several times. Hester eventually put the vehicle into gear and sped away from the traffic stop.
The vehicle allegedly traveled on Interstate 90 at speeds up to 120 miles per hour, weaving within its lane and over the center line. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle using a pursuit intervention technique, but the vehicle continued. It allegedly traveled through Adrian at 70 miles per hour.
The vehicle evaded another PIT maneuver and continued east on Nobles County 35, crossing the center line as another vehicle was soon to meet in the other lane of traffic.
Once the vehicle skidded out of control into the ditch, the trooper removed Suah from the vehicle. The complaint alleges Suah was verbally combative and physically resisted arrest.
Both have been charged with felony fleeing a peace officer and petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana. Suah also faces obstruction of legal process, a misdemeanor.
Hester has also been charged with reckless driving, speeding, driving without a valid license — all misdemeanors — and unlawful passing and possession of a small amount of marijuana, petty misdemeanors.