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Sioux Falls man arrested after chase & assault of officer, police dog

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A Sioux Falls man was arrested after a police chase that ended with an assault involving officers and a dog.

David Mortensbak, 51, was arrested Saturday night. Officers said he was spotted driving the wrong way on 11th Street, which is a one way, at approximately 7:15pm.

Mortensbak, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup, was pulled over near 12th Street and West Avenue. The vehicle was running and the officer told Mortensbak to turn off the pickup. The officer tried taking the keys out of the ignition, but Mortensbak allegedly punched the officer in the face during that process.

Mortensbak drove away creating a pursuit westbound on 10th Street. Mortensbak was followed onto Lincoln Avenue where the road ends at some railroad tracks. Police say Mortensbak tried to turn so he was parallel with the railroad tracks, but he wound up hitting a parked trailer.

After the crash, Mortensbak exited his vehicle and fought with the officer. At that point the officer used a remote control to open his car door to release a police dog. The dog started biting the suspect and Mortensbak ran back to his vehicle. In an attempt to escape from the dog, Mortensbak shut his pickup door on the K9 officer.

More law enforcement arrived and they were able to arrest Mortensbak—only after he kicked another officer. Mortensbak was taken to the hospital and treated for bite wounds.

Mortensbak was arrested for three counts of simple assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest, obstructing law enforcement, driving while intoxicated- 2nd offense, aggravated eluding, reckless driving, driving with a revoked driver's license and open container.

Police said Mortesnbak's Blood-Alcohol Content was .267. The legal BAC limit in South Dakota is .08.

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