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Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/1/2000 23:00 (Entered as : 05012000 23:00)
Reported: 8/13/2006 4:27:15 AM 04:27
Posted: 10/30/2006
Location: Red Shirt (near), SD
Shape: Light
Duration:3 minutes
A flying object that flew parallel with me caused electronic effects and a truly weird experience

My senior year of highschool I attended a Prom Dance in Pine Ridge SD. I cannot remember the exact must have been in April or May of 2000. After it was over my date and I were driving to Rapid City from Pine Ridge (not sure of exact road) to spend the night there. On our drive, some time after 11:00pm, she and I were driving along before you get to Red Shirt when we noticed a strange light in the sky on her side of the car about a mile (not too sure, it was hard to tell). We could tell that it was definitely abnormal because it was some sort of flying object but it was way to low to be a plane or anything else in the middle of nowhere SD. Then all of a sudden, almost instantly the object was about a few hundred feet from us on her side still, probaly 50-70 feet off the ground moving parallel with us. It stayed right along with us for maybe 30 seconds, not long, before it just shot off as fast as it had pulled up. Then, a moment later it re-appeared again, this time on my side of the car about the same distance away and high. It paced with us again for about another 30 seconds and as we approached about a few miles from Red Shirt the object shot off again. We pulled into Red Shirt and drove around the small housing area just to gather our thoughts because while all of this happening, the most typical of things occured.

I know it sounds lame to say, but while the object was in our sight, like within a few hundred feet, all of the electric functions in my car began to go crazy. My headlights turned off and on, as did the hazard lights, the stereo, dashboard lights, I mean everything. We even had this junky car phone, which was cool at the time, now it is a piece of junk, but even it started making beeping and ringing all kinds of sounds. It wasn't until I realized that I couldn't control what was going on that I instantly thought what to do if the car shuts down. That was the first moment I remember when a bit of panic set in. At first, I was completely in awe. I remember being almost completely fascinated with what we were looking at but it wasn't until the electronics started going awry that I realized that my date had completely tried almost to hunch down into her foot area of the passenger seat. Then I kind of snapped out of the "awe" and started to feel panic. I remember trying to speed up but that didn't do anything but mainly I remember just thinking to myself to not let the car stop. It was truly the strangest thing i've ever experienced.

To be completely honest, even though it was only about 6 years ago, I really don't remember that many details as I think about it. I remember the lights were different colors, but none were distinct, like they weren't like christmas lights where there is blue, a green, a red. These were more like yellows and reds I think and I remember they were all in what seemed like the outside ring of the object, not on top or below. And I don't really remember what shape the object was, it was really dark on the road. I just remember being really awestruck, almost excited, and then overtaken by a bit of panic and it was over.

I remember we tried telling people right after that but nobody thought much of it. I told a few close friends but I, just like them, really wouldn't think much of it unless I saw it for myself. This honestly happened, and I have no problem talking about it to anyone but, either people don't care or probaly don't believe me. I tried to bring it up only one time with the girl who was with me that night since then but I could tell that she really didn't want to talk about it so I guess we'll just leave it at that.

I told my grandfather a few years ago who lived in outside of Pine Ridge for many years and he said that he would sit outside at nights and watch all sorts of flying objects fly similar routes. He never say anything like what I saw or anything as close but he thought it was just some sort of test or practice flying that pilots from Ellsworth were doing at night and what I saw was probaly just something that Ellsworth was testing, not aliens or that type of UFO's.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))