Dead body in Santa Cruz man's vehicle is his mother's

James Marshall
January 6, 2018

A woman found in the back of a Santa Cruz man's vehicle after a lengthy high-speed pursuit in South Dakota on New Year's Day has been identified as his mother, according to the state attorney general.

An autopsy was conducted on January 3, 2017, and those results are still pending.

It's unknown how Walsh died and if her son killed her.

South Dakota Highway Patrol officers began chasing the suspect about 11:55 a.m. January 1 after they spotted him driving over 100 miles per hour on Interstate 90 in Lawrence County, which is in the western part of the state. It's something police are looking into said Sgt. William Hutchinson of the Palm Springs Police Department.

Lommen is being held on aggravated eluding and drunken driving charges, with bail set at $2.5 million.

Jackley says state authorities are working with California officials on the death investigation.

Speeds reached 118 miles per hour and officers used spike strips to stop the SUV, which came to rest in a ditch following a 50-mile chase from Spearfish to Rapid City. A growler and a bottle of pills were found in his vehicle.

Police approached the vehicle and discovered Lommen's 58-year-old mother, Michelle Walsh, dead and wrapped in a blanket in the back seat.

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