A stayed sentence has been ordered for a 30-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested in January after he led police on a high-speed car chase from Mankato to Mapleton, nearly hitting an officer in the process.

Abdiasis Hussein Hersi’s 15-month prison sentence was stayed this week for one year with the condition he serve 320 days in jail. That is the amount of time he already has served since his Jan. 20 arrest.

Michael Hanson, assistant Blue Earth County attorney, said Hersi also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold placed on him, which means he will likely serve another six months to a year in federal custody. That time will be served while he is going through the federal deportation process, which may or may not result in actual deportation, Hanson said.

Hersi was already under investigation for drug dealing when a Mankato police officer attempted to stop him at the Eastport apartment complex. It was that officer who was nearly hit after she got out of her squad car, police reports said.

Another man was with Hersi when his car was eventually stopped with tire-deflation devices spread across Highway 22 by a Mapleton police officer. Officers following the car reported the men had thrown packages of cocaine out the window as they drove through Beauford, which is about five miles north of Mapleton.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force reported they had set up a drug deal with Hersi on Jan. 9, more than a week before the chase. Hersi sold about a gram of crack cocaine, in three separate packages, to an agent for $150, the criminal complaint said.

Hersi pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree drug possession for that incident, which also resulted in a stayed prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing a police officer for the chase.

Several charges, including second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and assaulting a police officer, were dismissed in an October plea agreement.

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