Warrant issued for Thomas man after leading deputy on ATV chase

  • Logan Palmer

A warrant has been issued for a Thomas man was who allegedly led a Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy on a short chase while driving an ATV. Logan David Palmer, 36 of Thomas,

Logan David Palmer, 36 of Thomas, is being charged with attempting to elude a police officer, according to the information filed with the Custer County District Court.

Deputy William Jones said he was headed toward his residence in Thomas about 10:45 a.m. September 19 when he observed a person on a four-wheel ATV sitting in front of his home. Jones said the driver was speaking with his son while his wife was attempting to put the dogs away, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Deputy Jones said the ATV allegedly was parked in the street, so he turned on the emergency red and blue lights to conduct a traffic stop. After pulling up to the vehicle, Jones said he recognized Palmer — from past calls — as the driver of the vehicle. Jones opened his door and Palmer allegedly said “hello.” Jones then asked dispatch if there still was a valid warrant for Palmer, according to the affidavit.

Palmer asked Deputy Jones what was going on, and Jones ordered him to turn the ATV off. Palmer complied. However, when dispatched advised Jones there still was a warrant for Palmer, Palmer was able to hear the transmission. Palmer allegedly got back on the ATV, telling Jones he was going to park the vehicle, but Jones ordered Palmer to get off again, according to the affidavit.

Palmer then allegedly took off traveling northbound from his location and Jones activated his emergency siren. Palmer turned westbound along Nebraska Street and allegedly ran a yield sign. Palmer also allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of SH 47 and Nebraska and cut through a field appearing to go southbound. However, when Deputy Jones turned south to follow, he was able to see Palmer allegedly heading northbound along SH 47. Jones lost visual contact with Palmer at this point, according to the affidavit.

Jones said he knew Palmer from past calls and was able to positively identify him, according to the affidavit.

Deputy Jones was advised September 29 Palmer had been taken into custody and booked into the county jail. About 4:40 p.m., Jones met Palmer in the booking area and began reading him his Miranda rights. Palmer allegedly said he did not understand anything and still is “messed up.” Jones did not continue reading the Miranda rights, according to the affidavit.

According to court records, the active warrant when Jones made contact with Palmer in Thomas was for failing to appear for his court date for the charge of driving with a suspended license. This warrant was issued August 21. He bonded out October 2 and is scheduled to appear November 10.

The warrant in relation to the eluding charged was issued October 8 and has not been returned. This charge also is on the November 10 misdemeanor docket. If convicted of this charge, Palmer faces up to 1 year of imprisonment, a fine of $100 to $2,000 or both, according to the information sheet.

Palmer has charges in the Custer County District Court dating back to 2005 with nine felonies, three misdemeanors and various traffic violations. Charges include burglary in the first and second degree, knowingly concealing stolen property, burglary of automobile and malicious injury of property under $2,500.