A local man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop on his bike. A deputy with the Grand County Sheriff’s office stopped Karlis Joe Kamenske, 28, at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 after he reportedly saw Kamenske biking without front or rear lighting, which is a traffic infraction in Utah.
The deputy told Kamenske that he possibly had an active arrest warrant against him and told him he was not free to go. He then returned to his patrol vehicle to check on the arrest warrant, which he later confirmed to be out of the Seventh District Court in Grand County in the amount of $2,500.
“While returning to my patrol vehicle, [Kamenske] fled the scene of the traffic stop on his bike,” the deputy said in a court document. “A slow and short pursuit was initiated but ended when an assisting deputy was able to tackle [Kamenske] off of his bicycle as he was still riding it.”
Deputies reportedly found on Kamenske a pipe suspected to contain methamphetamine and a small bag that tested positive for meth. Grand County EMS evaluated Kamenske as he was booked into jail and released him without a hospital visit.
Kamenske faces a felony charge of failure to respond to a peace officer’s signal to stop, misdemeanor charges for possession of drugs and paraphernalia and interfering with a peace officer and an infraction for allegedly not having proper lighting or reflectors while riding his bike.