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DWI driver crashes stolen truck in downtown Sioux Falls

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David James Winters is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Avera McKennan Hospital after stealing a woman's truck, speeding through Sioux Falls and crashing downtown -- all in just 7 minutes. After treatment, the 24-year-old will be lodged in the Minnehaha County Jail for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Eluding, DWI 1st Offense and numerous traffic violations. 

Sgt. Skip Benz told us the truck's owner started the truck and forget something in the house -- so she ran back inside. In that time, the suspect came across her home at 22nd Street and Sycamore Avenue and took the truck. She immediately called it in as stolen. This was at 2:14 p.m.

An officer driving east on 6th Street saw the stolen truck and chased it to Cliff Avenue and 23rd, but he terminated the chase because of the heavy afternoon traffic.

Winters then drove through the grounds at McKennan Park, where another officer saw him going around 80 miles per hour down 2nd Avenue.

"For us, [those speeds in town] are a lose-lose situation," Benz said.

Winters drove along 2nd at around 70 to 90 miles per hour when he lost control and crashed into a GMC Yukon and the First National Bank on 9th Street, just before Phillips Avenue. This was at 2:21 p.m. -- mere minutes from the time of the theft.

"He was flying," Benz told us. Police were following and were on scene within seconds of the crash, Benz said. The chase and crash happened during a shift change for Sioux Falls police, so there were many officers on duty in the area.

There was minimal damage to the building and there were no other reported injuries to motorists or pedestrians.

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