2 Mitchell residents arrested after shots fired during high-speed chase

MITCHELL, S.D. (KSFY) - Two Mitchell residents were arrested on a number of drug and firearm charges early Wednesday morning after shots were fired during a high-speed chase.

The Mitchell Police Department received a call around 2:05 a.m. that a silver pickup was chasing a silver car in the 1300 block of W. Havens Avenue.

The caller said it sounded like shots were fired as the vehicles took off eastbound at a high rate of speed.

Police said the incident began when the two suspects, 36-year-old Bernard Jesse Drapeau III and 27-year-old Malissa Nicole Garmong, parked next to each other.

Garmong got into Drapeau's car, and an unidentified man drove up in a pickup and hit her vehicle. The two drove away together in Drapeau's vehicle, and the pickup followed.

Drapeau allegedly fired three shots from a .40 caliber handgun at the pickup during the chase.

No one was injured.

Officers found Drapeau and Garmong in the 900 block of W. 8th Avenue. There they found the handgun, a scale, baggies of meth and prescription pills.

They arrested Drapeau for unauthorized possession of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, possession of firearm by person convicted of a felony drug crime, reckless discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed pistol without a permit, reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver’s license and substitution of license plates.

Officers arrested Garmong for unauthorized possession of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, four counts of unauthorized possession of a schedule 3 or 4 controlled substance, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, violation of a drug free zone and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

The investigation is ongoing.