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ALEXANDRIA -- A Letcher man who pleaded guilty to aggravated eluding in March received a suspended imposition.

Bruce Pueppke, 61, appeared in circuit court Friday at the Hanson County Courthouse. The suspended imposition of sentence means if he abides by all the rules of his two-year probation period, he has the chance to clear the felony from his record. The conditions include paying a $1,000 fine, $104 in court costs and serve 10 days in the county jail. He received one day credit for time served.

Pueppke was arrested in October for speeding up to 150 mph on Interstate 90 and eluding law enforcement by not stopping when a Highway Patrol trooper had his lights on. The chase began in Hanson County and ended in Davison County, just north of Mitchell.

If Pueppke does not follow the terms of his sentence, the judge can take away the suspended imposition of sentence, and give him whatever term he deems fit, said Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies. Aggravated eluding carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.