Dead Woman Found In Trunk Of Santa Cruz Man Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A Santa Cruz man was arrested with a dead woman’s body in his vehicle after a lengthy high-speed pursuit in South Dakota on New Year’s Day, according to the office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Tosten David Walsh Lommen, 30, was allegedly speeding on eastbound Interstate Highway 90 in Lawrence County around 11:55 a.m. Monday when a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper tried to make a traffic stop in the Spearfish area.

Lommen continued driving east at speeds of up to 118 mph before law enforcement officers eventually used a spike strip to disable his vehicle. He tried to flee on foot but was apprehended.

The pursuit went all the way to Rapid City, which is more than 45 miles away from Spearfish.

The woman’s remains were found during a search of Lommen’s vehicle. Her name is not yet being disclosed, and so far no information has been released about the nature or manner of her death, according to a spokeswoman for Jackley.

© Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

This site uses cookies, tokens, and other third party scripts to recognize visitors of our sites and services, remember your settings and privacy choices, and — depending on your settings and privacy choices — enable us and some key partners to collect information about you so that we can improve our services and deliver relevant ads.

By continuing to use our site or clicking Agree, you agree that CBS and our key partners may collect data and use cookies for personalized ads and other purposes, as described more fully in our privacy policy. You can change your settings at any time by clicking Manage Settings.