GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) A man who fled Hall County authorities in a bizarre case involving a pit bull stands convicted of four related felony crimes.
Tristan Bush, 33, pleaded no contest to and was convicted of resisting arrest using a deadly weapon, child abuse, using a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and assault on a police officer. Related weapons and obstruction charges were dropped.
According to court records, on April 12 at around 11 p.m., Bush was riding in a car that was stopped for speeding near an intersection about seven miles west of Grand Island.
The deputy attempted to arrest Bush after discovering that Bush was wanted for several outstanding felony warrants. Bush slid into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and began to drive away.
The deputy “reached into the car in an attempt to stop Bush from driving away and was attacked by a pit bull dog turned onto the deputy by Bush.”
Prior to the dog attacking the Hall County deputy, Bush allegedly threatened deputies at the scene that any attempt to arrest him would result in the dog attacking the deputies.
The dog would not release the deputy and the deputy “was forced to shoot the dog, as he was unable to get free of the dog as the car was driving away, dragging the Hall County deputy,” the deputy was able to get free from the dog after as the car pulled away with a child inside.
There was a brief pursuit, but the pursuit was terminated out of concern for the child inside the car.
Bush was arrested several days later in Pasadena, TX, a suburb of Houston.
Bush will be sentenced November 1st. The combined max penalties for his convictions total 62 years in prison.