Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2004

Driver is found guilty

January 15, 2004

After a one-day trial, Leavenworth County District Judge Frederick Stewart upheld municipal convictions against Brett Bidnick Thursday, Jan. 8, in district court. Bidnick is the alleged second driver in the Oct. 8, 2003, fatality accident, which claimed the life of 22-year-old Basehor man Kevin Swope.

The charges Bidnick appealed before Judge Stewart Thursday stemmed from a separate accident, in February, at the intersection of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24/40 in Basehor.

Judge Stewart upheld convictions against Bidnick for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. He will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. March 4 in district court.

A probation officer will complete a pre-sentencing report, which will review Bidnick's past history, and make a sentencing recommendation to Judge Stewart, Basehor prosecutor Mike Kelly said.

Basehor police said Bidnick misled officers to believe his passenger was the driver during the accident in Basehor. After questioning, police determined Bidnick the driver and arrested him.

Bidnick faces more serious charges next month in district court, resulting from the accident that killed Kevin Swope.

He is cited in district court with 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.

Bidnick is scheduled to appear for trial on the county charges at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

The citations stem from a vehicle accident Oct. 8. Bidnick, driving a 4x4 truck, allegedly struck a vehicle driven by Swope at the intersection of Kansas Highway 32 and 166th streets.

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

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