Bench warrant issued for defendant who didn’t appear for sentencing in flight case

YORK – A bench warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man, whose addresses are listed as both Colorado and Iowa, who has been convicted in a case initially involving five counts after fleeing from troopers. David Billescas was supposed to be sentenced this week in York County District Court, but the warrant was issued instead because he failed to appear.

According to court documents, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol were on regular duty on Interstate 80 near the Bradshaw exit when they saw David Billescas speeding. It was also noted he did not have a front license plate and there were traffic violations. When the trooper initiated a traffic stop, Billescas quickly accelerated eastbound at a high rate of speed.

The affidavit says during the pursuit, Billescas passed a vehicle on the shoulder at approximately 135 mph and continued to change lanes repeatedly causing other vehicles to quickly break. The vehicle left the interstate at the Waco exit and went off the road into the north ditch at a high rate of speed. Then Billescas got back onto the exit ramp and continued east, running through the stop sign and went back onto the interstate. The trooper saw him attempt to pass a semi on the shoulder and then saw a large cloud of white smoke as he began to lose control.

However, according to court documents, Billescas was able to continue east, traveling at 147 mph. Court documents indicate a Seward County deputy was set up with stop sticks near mile marker 373 (Goehner exit). The vehicle left the interstate at that exit, ran through the stop sign and tried to go north, but came to a stop on the top of the interchange.

Troopers and the Seward County deputy took Billescas into custody.

They could smell “an overwhelming odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle and found 5.5 ounces and a pipe, according to the trooper’s affidavit.

Earlier, in York County District Court, Billescas pleaded no contest to operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class 4 felony. In return for his change of plea, prosecutors dismissed charges of possession of marijuana, willful reckless driving, having no operator’s license and no proof of insurance.

 

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