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HELENA — A Poplar man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for a federal drug charge filed after his arrest in a chase that endangered the life of a Roosevelt County deputy sheriff.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls sentenced 49-year-old Robert Belton in Great Falls on Monday. Belton pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Belton still faces charges in Roosevelt County related to his Sept. 5 arrest near Wolf Point.

Prosecutors say he deliberately crashed his pickup truck into a semitrailer to dislodge a deputy who had stepped onto his pickup's running board as Belton tried to flee a traffic stop. The deputy was thrown onto the highway. Belton's charges include assault on a peace officer and criminal endangerment.

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