S.D. trooper: Body discovered
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Highway Patrol officials found a dead woman wrapped in a blanket in an SUV stopped after a high-speed chase with a drunken driver from California, a trooper said in a court affidavit filed Tuesday.
A state court complaint says 30-year-old Tosten Walsh Lommen, of Santa Cruz, faces charges including aggravated eluding and drunken driving. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office said in a statement that state authorities are investigating the “suspicious death” after the woman’s body was found during a search of the vehicle Lommen was driving.
The Pennington County Clerk of Courts office says Lommen’s bond has been set at $2.5 million. It wasn’t immediately clear if Lommen has a defense attorney to speak on his behalf about the case.
Lommen — who last year petitioned in California to change his full name to Israel — is being held in the Pennington County Jail.
Trooper Jeremy Biegert said in the court affidavit that a Highway Patrol sergeant initiated a traffic stop Monday after observing Lommen driving over 100 mph on I-90 in western South Dakota. Biegert said he joined the pursuit after recording the vehicle’s speed at 118 mph.