COLUMBUS – A Norfolk man found at a local truck stop in late January in possession of a vehicle reported stolen in South Dakota pleaded no contest Friday to weapon and drug offenses in Platte County District Court.
Brian Hrdlicka, 47, pleaded to being in possession of methamphetamine and being a prohibited person in possession of a deadly weapon (knife) in connection with a traffic stop at T-Bone Truck Stop in Columbus after the sheriff’s office received a tip from South Dakota authorities that a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix reported stolen in Yankton, South Dakota, was in the area.
Hrdlicka was wanted on an outstanding Polk County arrest warrant for an unrelated offense when he was arrested at the city truck stop along U.S. Highway 30.
District Judge Robert Steinke scheduled Hrdlicka for sentencing March 30.
The weapon charge is a Class III felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, two years of post-release supervision and a $25,000 fine. The drug charge is a Class IV and carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.
In exchange for his pleas, the prosecution dismissed a second possession of a deadly weapon charge and a receiving stolen property charge.
Hrdlicka was ordered out of the vehicle after a traffic stop, according to a sheriff’s office investigation.
Sheriff’s officials said the driver, Hrdlicka, initially cooperated with deputies, then fled on foot and was caught following a brief pursuit.
Officials said a search of the suspect turned up a knife measuring 4 inches long, along with methamphetamine and hypodermic needles.