Watertown traffic pursuit leads to drug bust

November 21, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A Minnesota man was arrested Sunday night following a vehicle pursuit in Watertown.

Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell says a deputy spotted a silver Jeep Compass speeding on 20th Avenue Southeast near the Watertown Gun Range, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver continued eastbound at a high rate of speed before coming to a stop on 15th Avenue Southeast.

The driver, 30 year-old Hector Simental (pictured) of Hanley Falls, Minnesota, was driving without a valid license. He had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, and the deputy also found cocaine packaged in several small baggies, a scale, uspecified pill capsules and marijuana.

Simental was booked into jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container, Driving While Revoked and Speeding.