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Chase suspect gets two years in prison

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A Mitchell man who drove drunk and fled from police was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

Darrin Slater, 48, pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated eluding for an incident in August in which he fled from an officer attempting a traffic stop after law enforcement received a report of a possible drunken driver in northern Mitchell.

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During the pursuit, multiple officers tailed Slater at speeds of up to 70 mph, court documents say. Slater eventually pulled into an apartment parking lot in the 2800 block of North Ohlman Street and was arrested.

Slater pleaded no contest to the charge because he was too intoxicated at the time to remember the incident, according to his attorney, Phil Carlson, of Mitchell. Slater’s blood alcohol content was found to be 0.198 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.

Slater’s two-year prison term will be served at the same time as a five-year prison term he is currently serving for violating his parole from a past conviction. His driver’s license will be revoked for five years upon his release.

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