Pierre Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges From August Law Enforcement Chase

Hughes County Courtroom


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man pled not guilty to charges that arose after a law enforcement chase occurred north of Pierre last month. 63-year-old Paul Hansen was indicted on three different charges. It’s reported that an officer recognized Hansen August 22 as he was driving in northwest Pierre and the officer believed that Hansen had revoked driving privileges. Hansen was pulled over on the north edge of Pierre, but authorities say he took off in the vehicle he was driving as an officer approached him. The chase reached speeds of up to 70 miles an hour on roads north and east of Pierre. Police said Hansen eventually stopped the vehicle but then took off on foot. He was taken into custody a short time later. Hansen is charged in an indictment with Aggravated Eluding of a Law Officer, Driving Under Revocation and Obstructing a Law Officer. It is also alleged that he is a habitual offender-with officials saying that he was convicted in 2003 with DUI-3rd Offense and in 2006 with DUI-4th Offense. If the previous DUI’s are verified, the penalty for the eluding charge is elevated to a maximum of five years in prison or a $10,000 fine. The other charges carry a maximum of a year in jail each. Hansen is out of jail on bond and a status hearing in his case is set for October 2.

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