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Traffic stop turns into car chase and felony drug arrest


A traffic stop on the west edge of Gettysburg around 10 a.m. on April 2 led to a police pursuit and a felony drug arrest.
A 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stopped for speeding by Gettysburg Chief of Police Bill Wainman. While talking to the driver, the driver sped away from the officer, leading law enforcement on a chase that ended in a snowy field off a gravel road in western Potter County. “They headed west on US 212 at an accelerated speed, while at the same time throwing things out of the windows,” said Chief Wainman, who called for assistance from the Potter County Sheriff. The speeding vehicle headed south on US Hwy 83, then the Jeep turned west on a gravel road and the chase eventually ended when it got stuck in a field at the intersection of 167th Street and 299th Avenue.
The driver, John E. Dethlefs, age 45, and passenger, Wayne Calvin Fastwolf, age 44, both of Rapid City, were arrested and face several charges including felony drug possession.
Dethlefs complained of lung problems, which were unrelated to the stop, and was transported by ambulance to the Gettysburg hospital and transferred to Aberdeen, and is currently released on bond.
Fastwolf is in custody in the Walworth County Jail in Selby.
Both are expected to make a court appearance in Potter County on April 21.
Fastwolf had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Pennington County for drug related crimes.
The men face several charges including fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and ingesting. Other charges are pending.
The vehicle is being held, and the DCI has joined the investigation. The Gettysburg Police Department, the Potter County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sully County Sheriff’s Department all assisted.
The men were arrested without further incident.
-Molly McRoberts

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