PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A teen was sentenced in a Pierre courtroom this morning for Reckless Driving and Ingesting Marijuana. 18-year-old Dewey Tuttle was arrested in January after a vehicle Tuttle had been driving ran into a home. Police said Tuttle had been traveling on Abbey Road, approaching Lancaster Loop, when the car drove over a curb, struck two trees and collided with a house. Damage to the home was estimated at $15,000 and the car Tuttle was driving received $2,500 damage.
In court this morning, Hughes County Deputy States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner said that Tuttle had entered into a plea agreement in which he admitted to the Reckless Driving and Ingesting charges and all other charges were dropped. Tuttle’s lawyer said her client had served 35 days in jail after he was arrested.
Judge Leo Disburg ordered that Tuttle be sentenced to 60 days on both charges-with the sentences to be concurrent. He was given credit for the time he has already been behind bars. Disburg suspended the time remaining on the each of the charges. Tuttle must pay restitution to the homeowners of $500 for an insurance deductible, along with other court costs and fees. He was also ordered to receive a behavioral health evaluation and complete the recommended treatment; plus complete 20 hours of community service. Tuttle has until March of next year to comply with the requirements of his sentencing.
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