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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man who led law enforcement officers on a chase through fields near the WinnaVegas Casino near Sloan, Iowa, was sentenced Thursday to six years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine.

Daniel Frye, 45, had pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court in Sioux City to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Frye was arrested Aug. 11 after a short vehicle pursuit that led officers through two fields. Earlier that day, staff at the WinnaVegas Inn had called authorities after the cleaning staff had found four individual baggies of meth, one baggie of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a room that Frye had checked out of. While officers were at the hotel, Frye returned, saw the officers and fled.

After the pursuit ended, Frye admitted to possessing more than 5 grams of meth.

In addition to the prison sentence, Frye must pay $2,300 restitution to the owners of the crops he damaged during the pursuit.

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