At 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, Rapid City Police were dispatched to Hawthorne Avenue and East Iowa Street for a report of a hit and run accident. Witnesses reported that a black pickup had driven off the road and onto the sidewalk, continued up the driveway of 714 E. Iowa, hit a boat parked in the driveway, and finally hit the house.
After hitting the house, several people approached to make sure the female driver was ok. After being told that help was on the way, the suspect left the scene and parked her vehicle at Robbinsdale Elementary.
When the first officer arrived, the suspect was still sitting inside her vehicle at Robbinsdale Elementary. The officer approached, and the suspect accelerated out of the parking lot. The officer initiated a short pursuit, turning south on Ivy Avenue, and west on Indiana. On Indiana, the suspect left the road and drove through several yards. Due to the suspect’s erratic driving and pedestrians in the area, the officer terminated the pursuit.
The suspect continued west, driving through a chain link fence before crossing Willow Avenue and hitting a parked vehicle. Officers found a cold can of pressurized air inside the suspect’s vehicle. The driver, Alexis Cepak, age 31 of Rapid City, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. She was later arrested for aggravated eluding, DUI, resisting arrest, ingesting, and failure to report an accident.