Tea man facing charges after Lincoln County pursuit


Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reported that on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 12:12 p.m., a Lincoln County Deputy attempted to stop a black 2008 Ford F150 on the northern edge of Harrisburg near 271st St. and Cliff Ave. for multiple traffic violations. The vehicle failed to stop for the deputy and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went through the city limits of Harrisburg at a high rate of speed. It continued through central Lincoln County for several miles and reached speeds of 100 mph. During the pursuit, the suspect attempted to run several vehicles off the roadway. Multiple agencies were called in to assist with the pursuit.

The pursuit went through the city limits of Worthing and continued into Turner County for several miles. During the pursuit, the suspect drove through multiple fields and farm places in an attempt to elude law enforcement. While driving through a farm in Turner County, the suspect vehicle struck a person who was in the yard. Shortly after this, the South Dakota Highway Patrol was able to successfully perform a PIT maneuver (pursuit intervention technique) and stop the vehicle near the intersection of 461st Ave. and 279th St. The vehicle was partially disabled by the PIT but was able to drive into the middle of a field where it finally stopped (pictured above).

Attempts to get the occupants out of the vehicle were unsuccessful and a standoff ensued. During the standoff, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information that one of the occupants was possibly being held hostage, and that one of the suspects was armed with a gun. More resources, including Sioux Falls PD SWAT, South Dakota Highway Patrol SWAT, and negotiators with Lincoln County and DCI, as well as two armored vehicles, were called in to assist. The standoff lasted just over four and a half hours before the SWAT teams were able to use less lethal munitions to get the suspects to exit the vehicle without incident.

It was later learned that the suspect vehicle had substitute plates and was stolen out of Sioux Falls last week. Lincoln County Deputies arrested Chaz Vanorman, the 38 year-old male driver from rural Tea, on multiple charges, including DUI, aggravated eluding, possession of stolen property, and multiple other traffic charges. Vanorman also faces multiple charges in Turner County from the incident.

Passengers, 35 year-old Cody Phrommany and 24 year-old Catelynn Thu, were also arrested on several warrants.

The victim who was struck by the vehicle in the farm yard was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said that they would like to thank the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Sioux Falls PD, Canton PD, Lennox PD, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, Turner County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville PD, Lincoln County Highway Department, DCI, Parker Ambulance, Lennox Ambulance, and Dave’s Towing for their assistance.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.


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