The two suspects detained after a dangerous high-speed chase out of Minnehaha County late last week remain in custody. Moody County Deputies were called to assist with the pursuit this past Thursday as it moved north out of Sioux Falls.
The entire scene began to unfold after a tip that the driver, 40-year-old James Lanpher, Jr., of Sioux Falls, was transporting a large amount of methamphetamine. The Highway Patrol was asked to make a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Lanpher, Jr., allegedly began to shoot at the pursuing officers and head north on I29 in the southbound lanes.
Lanpher, Jr., got off at the Colman exit and drove through the city of Colman, sending a number of places into lockdown, before getting back onto Hwy 34 and driving to Madison.
It was there that Lanpher, Jr., reportedly ran from his vehicle while still shooting at police. A passenger in his car, Bonner Juel, 45, from Harrisburg was detained at the scene.
Police were able to track Lanpher down just a short time later.
Both Lanpher, Jr. and Juel face two counts each of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement. Lanpher, Jr. is currently on parole for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and possession of a controlled substance. Juel is currently on probation for Possession of a Controlled Substance. More charges for both may be pending.
Moody County Sheriff Troy Wellman said no one was injured in the pursuit. Both men are currently in the Lake County Jail in Madison. Bond has been set at $50,000 cash each.