Fort Pierre Man Pleas Guilty To Shooting Dog And Drunken High Speed Chase

FORT PIERRE — A Fort Pierre man pleads guilty to aggravated eluding, driving under the influence and having a loaded gun while intoxicated. Stanley County States Attorney Thomas P Maher says 26 year-old Wyatt Lane Myers entered the pleas Tuesday in Fort Pierre. Maher says Stanley County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a call of a dog being shot at a home on Highway 1806 on August 17th of 2020. The dog’s owner called law enforcement around midnight and law enforcement encountered Myers leaving the scene. Myers then led police on a high-speed chase that extended into Fort Pierre. Myers admitted in court to shooting the dog with a 45-caliber pistol and wrecking his pickup in a Western Area Power Administration fence in Fort Pierre. The dog died as a result of the shooting and Myers cause significant damage to the WAPA fence. Before sentencing, Myers must pay 500-dollars to the dog’s owners and write apologies to the family. He’s also liable for 18-thousand 900-dollars in restitution for damages to the fence. Sentencing for Myers is scheduled for March 23rd.