- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A January sentencing in western Nebraska has been scheduled for a 40-year-old man arrested after a highway standoff with officers.

Court records say Joseph Mladenik, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, last week pleaded no contest and was convicted of attempted possession of a firearm during a felony, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Prosecutors lowered the original charges in exchange for Mladenik’s pleas. Sentencing is set for Jan. 13.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol alerted Nebraska authorities on Sept. 16 that Wyoming officers had stopped their Interstate 80 pursuit of a man who was wanted on a stalking warrant. Nebraska troopers deployed stop sticks to flatten tires on the man’s vehicle, halting him in Cheyenne County.

Mladenik gave up 45 minutes later.

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