A 29-year-old Hutchinson man who had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court was spotted by law enforcement on Thursday leading to a short foot chase.
Joshua Bietka was taken into custody in the 200 block of North Adams and now finds himself jailed on a bond of 133-thousand, 500-dollars.
He made a court appearance Friday morning where he was told he could face additional charges of felony interference with law enforcement, and battery of a law enforcement officer. His bond was left where it was during that hearing, partly because some of the bonds were set by other judges.
5-total warrants had been issued for his arrest for four pending felony cases where he failed to appear.
It was back on January 27 when two warrants were issued for failing to appear for two cases before Magistrate Judge Randy McEwen.
In one case, he’s charged with aggravated assault, when a Hutchinson woman says she was in fear of her safety when he allegedly came at her with a vehicle. That allegedly occurring on October 8, of last year.
The other case involved being in possession of methamphetamine. In this case, a South Hutchinson Police Officer saw him in the lobby of the Trails West Motel and knew he had an outstanding warrant. After the officer confirmed the warrant, he was arrested and in one of his pockets was clear bag with a white crystal substance that tested positive for meth. It allegedly was around a gram.
Bietka along with Lisa Teeters were arrested back on December 21 for a meth distribution case occurring at the same South Hutchinson Motel, and he was recently bound over for trial in an earlier case when he was allegedly caught selling meth in October at a car wash across from K-Mart on East 30th in Hutchinson.
He’ll be back in court next week or when ever the state files formal charges for the tussle with police Thursday.