A 30-year-old Topeka man who led police on a chase to avoid stopping at a DUI checkpoint has been sentenced on a firearms charge.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Darryl Kevin Norwood was sentenced Tuesday to 3.5 years in prison for possession of a firearm.  Because of previous felony convictions, Norwood was not allowed to have a firearm.

Police say rather than stopping at the checkpoint in May, Norwood fled from police.  The chase exceeded 70 mph before Norwood hit another car.  He fled on foot but was arrested.

Police found a .380 caliber pistol on the floorboard of his car.

State prison records show Norwood had previously been convicted of two burglaries and theft in Shawnee County.