RAPID CITY, South Dakota (AP) – A man who stole and crashed a South Dakota Highway Patrol squad car and injured a trooper in the process has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison.
Authorities say 41-year-old Joshua Two Bulls was drunk when he was pulled over in May 2017 by Trooper Jake Dowling and managed to flee in the squad car even though he was handcuffed. Dowling was dragged but not seriously hurt.
Dowling tried using a stun gun on Two Bulls before shooting at the car’s tires. Two Bulls crashed into a creek and fled in another vehicle. He was later caught and pleaded no contest to aggravated assault.
The Rapid City Journal reports Two Bulls also was ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution at his sentencing Thursday.