DAKOTA CITY | An Arkansas man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly two years in prison for charges related to a high-speed chase that ended near South Sioux City.

Dusty Nash, 32, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, pleaded guilty in August in Dakota County District Court to a felony charge of criminal impersonation and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison and will be given credit for 231 days already spent in custody. As part of a plea agreement, charges of possession of stolen property and open alcoholic beverage container were dismissed.

Nash was a passenger in a car involved in a Feb. 14 chase that began in Washington County north of Omaha and headed north. The chase ended on U.S. Highway 77 between Dakota City and South Sioux City after the car was disabled by spike strips that flattened three of the car's tires. The car had been reported stolen in Arkansas.

The driver, Shelbi Nichols, 24, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas, pleaded guilty in April to possession of stolen property and operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution to the vehicle's owner.

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