Pursuit Ensues After Stolen Vehicle Suspect Drives Recklessly Through Sioux Falls

Police: 'We had him engaging in traffic in the wrong direction, driving on sidewalks'

A man is in police custody for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a business and leading police on a chase throughout the city of Sioux Falls. Police say they received the report of the stolen vehicle just after 9:30 a.m. The suspect was arrested about an hour later.

Police say 35-year-old David Allen McGhee, who is a registered sex offender, stole a service vehicle from Muth Electric on the northeast side of town. Shortly after, they received several reports of the van driving recklessly. Police say they utilized a GPS system in the vehicle to track the McGhee to 14th Street and Minnesota Avenue. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but they say McGhee continued on.

Initially, police say McGhee wasn’t a threat so they didn’t engage the van. As the suspect continued driving outside city limits and then back into Sioux Falls, police say he began to drive more and more recklessly; at times driving anywhere from 40 to 70 miles per hour. The South Dakota Highway Patrol performed maneuvers and disabled the vehicle near 34th Street and Kiwanis Avenue.

Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jeff Garden said, “We had him engaging in traffic in the wrong direction, driving on sidewalks, things of that nature so we could not allow him to continue in the city obviously.”

When authorities tried arresting McGhee, they say he was not cooperative. A trooper with the Highway Patrol did deploy a taser, however, police say McGhee was not injured.

There were at least two Highway Patrol vehicles that were involved in trying to disable the vehicle. One was taken away on a tow truck, the other received heavy front end damage as you could see in the video.

McGhee is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated eluding, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. He also had a outstanding warrant with the U.S. Marshals for grand theft. Police couldn’t say whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.