A North Platte man arrested in December after police chased him in their cars and on foot pleaded guilty to two reduced felony counts Monday in Lincoln County District Court.
Bradley A. Fletcher, 28, 617 N. Garfield Ave., will be sentenced April 8 by District Judge Michael Piccolo for third-degree assault of a police officer and fleeing to avoid arrest by willful reckless driving.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a related misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Fletcher faces up to three years in prison on the remaining charges, with up to 18 months’ post-release supervision, the judge told him.
Police were seeking Fletcher on a warrant alleging he had violated his probation in another case when the chase began about 9:10 a.m. Dec. 7, Public Information Officer Beth Kerr said after his arrest.
An officer saw Fletcher’s car and pulled him over in the 2100 block of South Jeffers Street, she said. While the officer spoke to Fletcher through an open car door, Fletcher drove away, injuring the officer’s hand.
Other police cars picked up the pursuit but had to give up due to safety concerns posed by nearby pedestrians and erratic driving by Fletcher, Kerr said.
They later went to Fletcher’s home, then obtained a search warrant after initial contact with another occupant. As they entered the home, she said, Fletcher fled out a window and ran a block before officers captured him.
Earlier Monday, District Judge Richard Birch placed Joseph W. Dodson, 48, 1420 E. 13th St., on “specialized substance abuse supervision” probation for two years under a plea agreement in a drunken-driving case.
Dodson pleaded guilty to a reduced felony count of third-offense driving under the influence in connection with a June 3 incident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and State Farm Road.
Deputy County Attorney Kortnei Hoeft said Dodson had been driving erratically and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.237 when tested. A reading of 0.08 or higher by an adult constitutes intoxication under state law.
Dodson’s attorney, Kent Florom, said his client hasn’t touched alcohol since losing his driver’s license in mid-June. He recognizes he “is lucky to be alive,” Florom said, because his car was careening across the highway while a truck approached in the opposite direction.
“I apologize for doing something stupid,” Dodson told Birch before sentencing.
As part of his SSAS probation, the judge said, Dodson can’t regain his license before June 2023 and must serve 60 days in jail. “It sounds, hopefully, like you learned a lesson that will stick,” Birch said.
In other district court cases before Piccolo on Monday:
» Michael P. Eggers, 39, 2424 N. Sheridan Ave., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail on one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of a deadly weapon.
Under a plea agreement, Piccolo dismissed an accompanying felony count of third-offense shoplifting, worth up to $500, as well as a separate felony charge of possessing a controlled substance.
Eggers possessed a machete with a 9-inch-long blade on Nov. 29, the same date the other incidents took place, Hoeft said.
As part of the sentence, Eggers will be on post-release supervision for nine months after his jail time. He received 102 days’ credit for time served in jail.
» Joseph T. Clark, 39, 407 W. First St., pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault of a police officer on Jan. 13. A related misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed under a plea agreement. Piccolo set sentencing for April 8.
» David M. Dorwart Jr., 26, 805 S. Eastman Ave., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail on one felony count of first-degree forgery. Piccolo gave him four days’ credit for time served and ordered nine months of post-release supervision.
Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz said Dorwart tried to pass a $100 bill on Jan. 29 at the North Platte Family Dollar store at 521 Rodeo Road. He sought to buy pop and a package of cigarettes with a bill bearing Chinese characters, she said.
» Nathan A. Padgett, 29, of North Platte was sentenced to concurrent 180-day jail terms for felony third-degree domestic assault on Oct. 6 and a reduced misdemeanor count of attempted possession of methamphetamine a week later.
Under a plea agreement, Piccolo dismissed a felony count of violating a protection order in the earlier case. He gave Padgett credit for time served in jail and ordered him to report next Monday to serve the rest of his sentence.
» Michael A. Weigand, 59, 1912 W. Third St., pleaded not guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in incidents on Dec. 17. Piccolo set further proceedings for April 8.
» Brian J. Loving, 47, 4684 W. Highway 30, North Platte, was given concurrent one-year probation terms on reduced misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault on July 23 and false reporting on Sept. 8.
Under a plea agreement, Loving also admitted to violating the terms of a two-year probation term on a September 2016 third-degree assault charge. Piccolo extended that term by a year, concurrent with the newer probation terms.
» Marcus C. Bailey, 25, 1003 W. Third St., admitted to violating a two-year term of intensive supervision probation handed down in May 2018 for misdemeanor theft, $501-$1,499, and felony possession of methamphetamine.
Piccolo sentenced him to concurrent 180-day terms on both counts, with credit for time served and nine months’ post-release supervision.
» Tristyn S. Jefferson, 23, 2300 E. Philip Ave., pleaded not guilty to felony counts of first-degree sexual assault of a minor and possession of child pornography by a person 19 or older, as well as a related misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
» Timothy G. Wade, 27, address unknown, pleaded not guilty to six felony counts in a Dec. 4 incident. He faces charges of robbery, second-degree assault, using a firearm to commit a felony, using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.
» Jareb E. Huerta, 19, 820 S. Belmont Ave., admitted to violating an 18-month probation term handed down in April 2018 on three reduced misdemeanor counts of attempted possession of a controlled substance.
Piccolo extended his probation by 18 months as part of a plea agreement, which included dismissal of a separate felony count of terroristic threats in a Nov. 2 incident.