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Driver who fled from police receives jail time

Monday, October 8, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A driver who led McCook police officers on a high speed chase through city streets in August, before officers decided to end the chase due to public endangerment concerns, was sentenced to jail time last week in Red Willow County District Court on charges stemming from the incident.

The driver, 26-year-old Dustin W. Nelson, pleaded guilty in October to a Class IV felony charge of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and a Class II misdemeanor offense for driving with a revoked driver's license. Nelson was sentenced, Oct. 1, 2012, to 120 days in jail on the felony and 60 days in jail for the misdemeanor, with credit for 60 days in jail already served.

Nelson's driver's license was also revoked for two years.

Other activity in Red Willow County District Court, Oct. 1, 2012:

* A McCook man who was convicted in 2010 of a Class IV felony, for attempting to distribute a controlled substance, denied allegations he violated his 24 month probation sentence. The man, 21-year-old George W. Blankenship of 1407 West 16th Street, is accused of failing to report to probation meetings, testing positive for marijuana and failing to follow after care program recommendations. The original distribution charge stemmed from a 2008 incident in which Blankenship sold an ounce of marijuana to a confidential informant under the surveillance of the Nebraska State Patrol. A hearing was scheduled pertaining to the probation violation allegations for Dec. 3, 2012, at 3:15 p.m. in Red Willow County District Court.

* An Iowa man was extradited to Red Willow County to face a Class IIIA felony offense of abuse of a vulnerable adult. The man, 71-year-old Jerry L. Gilbert of Beacon, Iowa, pleaded not guilty last week to the offense and a motions hearing was scheduled for Nov. 5, 2012. The charge stems from a August 2012 incident that alleges Gilbert caused or permitted a vulnerable adult to be sexually abused.

* 33-year-old Jason M. Stephens of 38555 Quail Trail pleaded not guilty to a Class IV felony possession of methamphetamine charge, as well as an infraction for possession of drug paraphernalia. A hearing was scheduled in the case for 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2012.

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