PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Missouri man was arrested by the Pierre Police Department early this morning for the second time in less than a day. Police Captain Elton Blemaster says William Hatter of Excello, Missouri was taken into custody yesterday about 1:20 p.m. by Pierre Police after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Bushfield Drive. Blemaster says the stop was made because the vehicle Hatter was in reportedly had illegal window tinting. He was arrested for Driving Under Revocation and taken to jail, but was later released. Early this morning about 2:00 a.m., Blemaster says an officer saw a vehicle travel westbound onto Second Street from Euclid Avenue. The officer tried to stop the driver, later identified as Hatter, for Exhibition Driving; however the 1995 Chevrolet Lumina continued onto Highland Avenue, and traveled southbound at speeds of about 70 miles per hour. Hatter then attempted to turn eastbound on Church Street, when his vehicle hit a parked car, a 1997 Chevy Lumina, causing about $5,000 damage to the parked car. Hatter’s Lumina also sustained about $5,000 damage. Hatter climbed out of the window of the vehicle and Blemaster says he began to run southbound from pursuing officers. He was soon located hiding under an evergreen tree in the 300 block of Nicollet Avenue. Hatter was treated by American Medical Response and transported to Avera St. Mary’s Healthcare Center. He was later taken to the Hughes County Jail. Both vehicles involved in the early morning accident had to be towed from the scene. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Hatter was taken into custody for Eluding, Driving While Revoked, Failure to Use Seat Belts, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Leaving an Accident Scene, DUI-2nd, Reckless Driving, Obstructing an Officer and Exhibition Driving.
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