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Western South Dakota man who escaped after sentencing hearing arrested after high-speed chase


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A Rapid City man who escaped after a sentencing hearing has been arrested after a high-speed chase that at times exceeded 100 mph.

Police in Rapid City say the 30-year-old man escaped from the Meade County Courthouse before noon Tuesday, got on a car and began driving eastbound on Interstate 90.

Officers deployed spike strips near two mile markers and managed to slow down Hopkins who then continued to drive into Rapid City. Police say the man later abandoned the vehicle and fled into a home, where he remained for several minutes.

The Rapid City Journal reports the man emerged from the house holding a knife and threatened to commit suicide. Officers then fired several non-lethal beanbag rounds, striking him at least once.

Police say he again attempted to flee, but was subdued by officers using a stun gun. The man hasn't been charged in connection with the incident.

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