Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

Case against truck’s driver set for trial in district court

December 11, 2003

The alleged second driver in a October fatality accident will stand trial next month in Leavenworth County District Court for previous traffic citations he received in Basehor.

Brett Bidnick faces a multitude of traffic related charges.

On Jan. 8, he will stand trial in district court on charges of driving under the influence, his second such arrest, Basehor police said, and driving with a suspended license.

Bidnick was charged in Basehor Municipal Court after a vehicle accident in Basehor in February. At the scene -- the intersection of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24/40 -- Bidnick allegedly misled officers to believe his passenger was the driver.

After questioning, police determined Bidnick to be the driver, police said.

He was convicted in Basehor court on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license but filed an appeal of the decisions in district court.

He appeared in district court last week with his attorney, Ed Gillette of Kansas City, Kan. Gillette filed a motion to suppress statements Bidnick made to police at the scene and to dismiss the charges against Bidnick.

Judge Frederick Stewart suppressed statements Bidnick made to police but did not throw out eyewitness testimony naming Bidnick as the driver in question, Basehor prosecutor Mike Kelly said.

Bidnick faces additional citations in district court from a more recent traffic accident in October.

On Oct. 8, Bidnick's 4x4 truck allegedly struck a vehicle driven by Kevin Swope, 22, a Basehor man, at the intersection of Kansas Highway 32 and 166th Street.

Swope died as result of injuries sustained in the crash. Bidnick fled the accident scene on foot.

Stemming from the October accident, Bidnick faces citations of failing to render assistance to an injured person, failure to report an injury accident, failure to report an accident by quickest means and driving with a suspended license.

He was scheduled to appear in court last week on the county citations but the hearing was continued to Wednesday, Dec. 17. Judge Gunner Sundby told Gillette his client is to attend the rescheduled hearing.

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