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Worthington man gets 30-year jail term in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. -- A man who was involved in a car chase and shootout with law enforcement near Fairfax pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for assault and using methamphetamine.

PIERRE, S.D. - A man who was involved in a car chase and shootout with law enforcement near Fairfax pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for assault and using methamphetamine.

Nicholas Speckmeier, 30, of Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of ingestion of methamphetamine, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, stemming from an early morning incident on Aug. 22 when he led three Gregory County deputies on a 50-minute, high-speed chase and fired pistol rounds at them from the window.

Speckmeier - who has also named Worthington, Minn., as his home - originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to an extensive list of charges that included aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, committing a felony while carrying a firearm, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, grand theft, possession a loaded firearm while intoxicated and possession of a firearm after a violent crime conviction.

Samantha Lane, who was in the vehicle with Speckmeier, pleaded guilty in February to committing a felony while carrying a firearm, a class 2 felony, possession and ingestion of methamphetamine, class 5 felonies, and possession of a firearm after a violent crime conviction, a class 6 felony. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Speckmeier and Lane were arrested after a chase that reached speeds of 90 mph in southern South Dakota, which began near Bonesteel and ended in Fairfax. According to court documents, Speckmeier crashed the vehicle in a field, stole a pickup in Fairfax and attempted to take another when the pickup’s owner pulled out a shotgun and held him in place until law enforcement arrived.

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