Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Drug arrests up from last year

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(lots of pics) --- Drug arrests are up and injury accidents are down from last year, according to Tuesday's statistics from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Thirty-two people have been arrested on felony drug charges this year, as opposed to 16 this time last year. 83 people have also been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, as opposed to 71 this time last year.

While there have been 2 fatality crashes so far during the rally, there have been only 21 injury crashes this year, compared to 30 last year. Both fatal crashes occured on Saturday. 

Monday Injury Crashes:

At 8:15 a.m. Monday, Interstate 90, mile marker 107, two miles west of Wall: A 54-year-old female was driving a motorcycle eastbound when she lost control. The motorcycle went off the roadway and into the median. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries.

At 10:37 a.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 21, 10 miles southeast of Spearfish: A motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the road and down into the creek. The male driver, 26, suffered life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Motorcycles are parked along Main Street during the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in Sturgis, S.D., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)  Ryan Hermens, AP

At 12:21 p.m. Monday, South Dakota Highway 240, mile marker 28, eight miles south of Wall: Two motorcycles were stopped at the stop sign and collided as both attempted to turn left. One male driver, 69, suffered minor injuries. The other male driver, 54, was not injured. Neither driver was wearing a helmet.

At 1 p.m. Monday, U.S. 14A, mile marker 26, 15 miles south of Spearfish: A motorcycle was eastbound on US 14A when it hit a deer. The motorcycle left the roadway and the female driver, 42, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was not wearing a helmet and she sustained minor injuries

At 1:20 p.m. Monday, Vanocker Canyon Road, eight miles south of Sturgis: A motorcycle was northbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when the male driver failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The motorcycle hit a guardrail and then rolled over. The driver, 67, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 2:05 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 109, 13 miles south of Deadwood: A motorcycle driver failed to stop in time for a group of motorcycles ahead of him. The motorcycle slid off the roadway. The male driver, 65, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 8:50 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 66, eight miles north of Belle Fourche: A 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when it collided with an eastbound 1985 Versatile farm tractor. The male driver of the semi was 79 years old and the male driver of the tractor was 44. Both were sustained minor injuries and both were wearing seatbelts.

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