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A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a chase with authorities in June.

During a hearing before Cole County Judge Jon Beetem, Zackery Wimberley, 24, pled guilty to stealing a vehicle and resisting arrest.

An hour before the vehicle was stolen, officers reportedly had caught Wimberley checking for unlocked vehicle doors at the city's parking garage in the 200 block of Madison Street, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

From there, Wimberley allegedly went to Commercial Way and behind a residence in the 700 block of East High Street, where he stole the vehicle, whose keys had been left inside.

Wimberley drove off and eventually got onto U.S. 63, going north toward Columbia, according to police reports.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department located Wimberley driving south on U.S. 63, near the Prathersville exit. Deputies initiated a pursuit with Wimberley and eventually came into the Jefferson City limits.

Jefferson City police took over the pursuit, and Wimberley ditched the vehicle in the 1100 block of Handley, near his apartment.

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