Coach for Watertown Lakers Girls U14 hockey team received a distinguished award

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- Brandon Henman, Assistant Coach for the Watertown Lakers Girls U14 team, was leaving a hockey game when he witnessed a vehicle swerving. What he did next could have saved many lives and awarded him the Superintendent Performance Award.

Henman walks us through what happened.

At this point, dispatch is telling Henman not to intervene.

Henman physically intervenes while the drunk driver is yelling and through an altercation trying to get free, but Henman keeps him restrained. The South Dakota Highway Patrol arrived, relieved Henman, took the necessary information, and he was on his way.

Henman talks about what was going through his head.

KXLG News spoke with Sgt. Jerry Kastein and Trooper Blend Fetahi who there to present the award.

Sgt. Kastein talks about the award.

This award is not given out to just anyone.

Sgt. Kastein recalls the incident.

Always be cautious in these situations.

A complete video and photos of the award presentation are attached to the article on

Alcohol-involved crashes resulted in 14,219 fatalities, 497,000 injuries, and $68.9 billion in economic costs in 2019, accounting for 20% of all crash costs, the NHTSA reported in January 2023. The CDC reports that 2.7% of South Dakota drivers said they were driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days in 2018. The number of reported arrests in 2021 for DUI was 5,654 in 2021, an increase of 12.7% or 618 arrests from 2020.