Man Sentenced After June Pierre/Fort Pierre Crime Spree
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Over 10 months after his arrest, a Sioux Falls man was sentenced in Stanley County Court Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a car in Fort Pierre and eluding officers after passing into Pierre.
36 year old Matthew Todd Weddell was sentenced to 5 years in prison plus two years in the county jail by Judge Patricia DeVaney Tuesday.
According to court documents, on June 14th of 2016, Stanley County Deputy Sheriff Dustin Baxter was on patrol at the corner of Highway 83 and East 7th Ave when he observed a Subaru SUV traveling above the posted speed limit. Baxter attempted to catch up with the vehicle, and it passed into Pierre along Sioux Avenue.
He attempted to make a traffic stop in Pierre and the vehicle refused to stop. The Pierre Police Department assisted in the high speed pursuit across various streets in Pierre. Weddell was not able to maintain control of the vehicle and he jumped a curb, struck a set of concrete steps, and eventually came to a stop on the porch of a home in the 900 block of North Grand in Pierre. Weddell was over twice the legal limit when he eluded officers. Weddell stole the vehicle from WW Tire in Fort Pierre. The car was left at the business for repair, and the keys had been left in the vehicle.
DeVaney noted that when eluding officers, he went up Euclid in Pierre the wrong way during the chase, stating “thank goodness you or someone else was not killed.” DeVaney also noted that Weddell had a significant criminal history, and has given several chances to not be “part of the system.”
Weddell was originally charged with Grand Theft, DUI, Driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and Eluding. As part of the plea deal, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving were dismissed. However, he was given a furlough to his grandmother’s funeral in Sioux Falls after being arrested, and failed to return to the local jail. Thus, an additional charge of failure to appear was added to his convictions.
Devaney sentenced Weddell to 5 years in prison on the grand theft charge, one year in the county jail on the DUI charge, one year in the county jail on the Eluding charge, and a 2 year suspended sentence on the failure to appear charge. Weddell will be eligible for parole after 21 months in prison.
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