Sioux Falls Teen Arrested On Several Charges In IA And MN, One A Felony After Chase

Date posted - December 24, 2012

Police lightbar chaseSteen, MN — A Sioux Falls teen faces several charges in both Iowa and Minnesota, at least one of them a felony, after a vehicle chase that began near Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday morning, December 23, 2012 at about 2:10 AM, a Lyon County Deputy was attempting to pull a vehicle over on Iowa Highway 9, a half mile west of Cleveland Avenue, or about a half mile east of the corner of Highways 9 and 182 south of Larchwood. The vehicle did not pull over and sped up to avoid the stop. The deputy pursued the vehicle as they continued eastbound on Highway 9, with a continuous speed of 115-117 miles per hour. At the Steen blacktop, known as Fig Avenue or K40, the vehicle turned north, while the deputy continued to pursue. Deputies from both Lyon County, Iowa and Rock County, Minnesota responded to assist in the pursuit. The vehicle turned eastbound on Rock County’s 41st Street. At the intersection of their 110th Avenue and 41st Street, two miles northeast of Steen, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch where it came to a stop.

The driver, 18-year-old Benjamin L. Delfs of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was apprehended and arrested by Rock County Deputies. He was charged in Minnesota with Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle (a felony), and misdemeanor charges of Driving While Impaired, 4th Degree, Open Bottle by a Driver, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle.

The vehicle, a 1989 Honda Civic sustained approximately $1100 in damage. No injuries were reported.

Charges in Iowa are pending on Delfs.

The passenger was not charged in the incident.

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