A Bazine man entered a plea bargain Thursday morning on charges related to a 2018 pursuit and July drug charges.
Nestor Daniel Lopez Barrera, 19, was originally charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer and interference with a law enforcement officer for a September 2018 incident with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department.
He was arrested again July 28 on charges of distribution with intent to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, use of a communications facility for a drug transaction, driving under the influence and driving while suspended.
He pleaded Thursday to the charges of fleeing and eluding, unlawful possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. The other charges were dismissed.
Sentencing was set for March 5.
On Sept. 15, 2018, deputies in two vehicles were returning to Hays from working a car-deer crash south of Hays about 12:24 a.m when they encountered a black Chrysler 300 traveling at a high rate of speed in the 600 block of Vine Street. Radar showed the vehicle at 89 mph and then 98 mph through the four-way stop at Vine and the US-183 highway bypass.
The vehicle turned into Countryside Estates, 1010 Reservation Road, and was found abandoned in a parking space at a vacant lot in the mobile home park.
Witnesses told deputies three people had fled the vehicle. Deputies and the Hays Police Department located two of them, who were passengers. They were not taken into custody.
Lopez-Barrera, identified as the driver, turned himself in to authorities several hours later.