Truck driver pleads not guilty to weapons charges after hit and run accident

YORK – An Ohio truck driver is charged with illegal weapons charges after allegedly being involved in a hit and run accident in York County, brandishing a handgun and then leaving the scene.

Larry Mohawk, Jr., 40, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to four felonies and one misdemeanor in York County District Court.

He is charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, use of a firearm to commit a felony, making terroristic threats and leaving the scene of an accident.

The case began when deputies with the York County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Interstate 80 in reference to a hit and run accident. While enroute, they were advised the driver who fled the scene, operating a semi-truck, was armed with a handgun and had brandished it at the passenger of the other involved vehicle, according to court documents.

The affidavit filed with the court says the semi was located at the Akal Travel Center at the Waco interchange. A corporal with the York County Sheriff’s Department contacted Mohawk, who acknowledged being involved in a collision. But, court documents indicate he denied any knowledge of firearms.

The deputies were advised that he was a convicted felon with charges related to assault and firearms possession. The affidavit, filed by the corporal, says he denied consent to search the semi-trailer. A search was obtained.

During the search, the York County Sheriff’s Department allegedly found a “Polymer 80 semi-automatic handgun, a 29-round handgun magazine containing 26 rounds, a 10-round handgun magazine containing nine rounds, iron knuckles pocketknife, 20 rounds of .40 S&W, three rounds of 9 mm, four spent 9mm casings, three spent 10 mm casings, one spent .40 casing, and two THC vaporizers.”

The affidavit also says his criminal history “consists of charges and convictions for crimes relating to assault with a deadly weapon with serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felony, possession of stolen goods and failure to appear.”

A jury trial has been set for Sept. 26.

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