A Linn man has been sentenced to two years in prison in connection with a chase with Cole County authorities in August 2020.
Derek Holtmeyer, 32, pleaded guilty during a hearing before Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green to felony charges of resisting a lawful detention and driving while revoked along with a misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage.
A misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed.
Deputies attempted to stop Holtmeyer for a registration violation on U.S. 50 East at Country Club Drive, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement.
Holtmeyer failed to yield, and the pursuit went onto South Country Club Drive. Speeds reached 80 mph during the chase, and Holtmeyer drove into traffic on multiple occasions, causing vehicles to run off the road to avoid being hit.
The chase continued across Route C then onto Zion Road and subsequently onto Walnut Acres. Holtmeyer went toward a pasture on the back of a property in the 5600 block of Walnut Acres and drove through a fence, where his vehicle stopped.