Court of law

ROCK RAPIDS—The second of the three men involved in a theft followed by a high-speed chase in Lyon County has pleaded guilty.

Forty-two-year-old Scott Alan Flint of Sioux Falls, SD, was the driver of a vehicle that reached speeds up to 115 mph on Wednesday Jan. 20, with 35-year-old Judd Moe Tibbetts of Yankton, SD, and 29-year-old Jeremy James Larsen of Sioux Falls as passengers, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Their arrests stemmed from a report that three males took tools from the Ace Hardware store in Rock Rapids and left in a 2021 Hyundai Kona about 1:30 p.m. that day.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper located the vehicle traveling west on 210th Street in Alvord.

The Hyundai then attempted to elude the trooper, according to court documents.

Flint eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed at the intersection with Highway 182 about two miles north of Inwood.

Flint was arrested on charges of first-offense operating while under the influence; eluding resulting in injury or while operating while under the influence, in possession of drugs or participating in a felony; third-degree theft; speeding; failure to obey a stop sign and yield right of way; two counts of passing contrary to a highway sign or marking; failure to maintain control; and reckless driving.

He also was charged with being a fugitive from justice after he was found to have an outstanding warrant for fifth-degree possession of drugs out of Minnesota.

Tibbetts was charged with third-degree theft, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and first-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

Larsen also was charged with third-degree theft.

The vehicle was reported on Jan. 21 as being stolen after having been rented out of Sioux Falls.

Law enforcement obtained a warrant and during a search of the vehicle located a glass meth pipe.

Flint and Tibbetts then were further charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tibbetts pleaded guilty Feb. 19 in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids to third-degree theft and first-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine while the other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

He was sentenced Feb. 22 to 30 days in jail, placed on two years probation and ordered to pay $1,083.25 in court-related costs.

Flint initially pleaded not guilty until reaching a plea agreement on April 2 in which he pleaded guilty to the charge of eluding or attempting to elude while participating in a felony, while operating while intoxicated or controlled substance violation. The other charges were dismissed.

He was sentenced April 6 to no more than five years in prison and ordered to pay $100 in court costs.

Larsen pleaded not guilty to his charge and a jury trial for has been scheduled for June 8.