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Lyon County Sheriff’s Office

LARCHWOOD—A 25-year-old Sioux Falls, SD, man was arrested about 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, near Larchwood on a charge of first-offense operating while under the influence.

The arrest of Suraj Rai stemmed from a deputy responding to a call at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort northwest of Larchwood, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

The responding deputy’s patrol vehicle was nearly struck by a motorist leaving the casino.

The deputy turned around and followed the vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Altima, a short distance, observing it crossing over the centerline multiple times, crossing over the white fog line and hitting the shoulder, and completely missing a right-hand turn the motorist was trying to make, according to the incident report.

A traffic stop was initiated a short distance later at the intersection of Highway 9 and Birch Avenue.

The driver, Rai, had bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage and failed preliminary sobriety tests, according to the incident report.