FAIRMONT, NE — A Fairbury man who has a history of run-ins with law enforcement is facing a felony charge in Fillmore County. 

David Beetley is charged with stalking, a Class 3A felony, in the southeast Nebraska County most recently for an incident on Valentine's Day. 

According to documents submitted to Fillmore County court, deputies received a call that day from Beetley's ex-girlfriend claiming Beetley had driven by her and was on his way to her house. Deputies wrote in an arrest affidavit they have received multiple calls in the past from Beetley's ex-girlfriend alleging he was stalking her. Authorities say they took reports, but had never been able to contact Beetley. Police claim Beetley drove from Fairbury to Fairmont to watch the victim's home.

Court documents also indicate Beetley's ex-girlfriend had protection orders for her and her son against Beetley, but they had expired. 

The arrest affidavit says deputies drove to the house and originally couldn't find Beetley's car. After some time searching, they located his car and pulled him over. Fillmore County Sheriff's deputies then took him into custody. 

Authorities say they also found a notepad in Beetley's car with what they say included, "several potential license plates and vehicle descriptions," according to court documents. Further investigation revealed some of what was on the notepad to be descriptions and license plates for cars of the victim's family members and another ex-boyfriend, according to police. 

In 2020, Beetley entered a plea agreement in another stalking case in Gage County with the same victim and was sentenced to probation. 

Beetley is being held in Fillmore County jail on $250,000 bail. If convicted, the maximum penalty is a three-year prison sentence and/or a $10,000 fine. 

His next court appearance is set for March 8.