Archive for Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Traffic charges pile up for Basehor man

December 10, 2003

A man, who is charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident in October, will stand trial next month in Leavenworth County District Court for other traffic citations he received 10 months ago in Basehor.

Brett Bidnick faces multiple traffic-related charges.

On Jan. 8, he will stand trial on charges of driving under the influence, his second such arrest, Basehor police said, as well as 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 Bidnik had been driving, 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 his client made to police at the scene and to dismiss the charges against Bidnick.

Judge Frederick Stewart ruled statements Bidnik made to police were not admissible, but did not throw out eyewitness testimony naming Bidnick as the driver, Basehor prosecutor Mike Kelly said.

Next Wednesday, Bidnik is scheduled to appear in court on charges stemming from an Oct. 8 accident on Kansas Highway 32 that killed 22-year-old Kevin Criswell Swope, Basehor.

Bidnik, who authorities say left the accident scene, was cited for driving with a suspended license, failure to report an injury accident, failure to report an accident by quickest means and failure to render assistance to a person injured in an accident involving death or personal injury.

Officers, who have said there is no indication Bidnick was at fault in the accident, spent several weeks working to identify the driver who fled.

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