Drug fugitive in two local courts on same day, serving time for resisting arrest

Local teen wanted on charges of trafficking in marijuana in another county.
Cary Ashby
May 2, 2013

A rural Wakeman teen facing drug charges in another county is serving a local jail term for resisting arrest.

Robert Pataki, 18, of 1739 Vesta Road, starts serving a 10-day sentence Saturday in the Huron County Jail.

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge suspended another 20 days on the second-degree misdemeanor and placed him on inactive probation for two years. That means Pataki won't have to report to a probation officer, but he must pay a $100 fine within 90 days, obey the law and not have any convictions for two years.

"He pleaded no contest at his initial appearance (Monday)," Huron County Chief Public Defender David Longo said.

Pataki also was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for an extradition hearing Monday. The proceeding was in connection with being a fugitive of justice on three Ottawa County charges of trafficking in marijuana.

The defendant fled from Huron County sheriff's deputies who were attempting to arrest him on the warrant at his home Saturday. Deputies Ted Evans and Josh Kaufman went to Pataki's house about 2:30 p.m.

When the deputies "had their hands on him," Pataki "broke loose" and attempted to get back into the house, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

"He had to be taken to the ground. There were no injuries there," Patrick said.

Pataki was arrested on the warrant and also charged with resisting arrest. He was transported to the Huron County Jail, where he is waiting to be picked up by Ottawa County deputies.

The defendant, whose bond is $5,000, must report to Ottawa County Common Pleas Court at or before 9 a.m. May 10.