Man gets plea agreement after holding knife to driver’s neck on I-80 in York County

YORK – A man who held a knife to a driver’s neck, while they proceeded down Interstate 80 in York County, has taken a plea deal and will be sentenced for a misdemeanor.

Gary Pinks, 40, of Bonner Springs, Kansas, appeared for arraignment this week in York County District Court. The plea agreement was entered and Pinks pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.

According to the affidavit filed with the York County District Court, deputies with the York County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a median location along the interstate upon the report of a physical disturbance. When they arrived, they found a man with multiple superficial cuts on the left shoulder, forearm and hand which were bleeding. The man and a female passenger said they were driving from York to Seward Conty when Pinks (who had been a passenger in the car) cut the driver multiple times while he was driving, “and held a knife to his neck. When this occurred, (the victim) drove into the median while holding Pinks’ arm. Pinks eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled the scene. At this time, the driver drove to the side of the road.”

The deputies said a photo of Pinks was provided and the knife, with a 4-inch blade, was found in the vehicle.

Pinks was apprehended by Nebraska State Patrol troopers and a Seward County deputy at a nearby campground.

Court documents indicate Pinks’ criminal history includes charges and convictions for aggravated battery, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear.

Initially, he was charged with a Class 2A felony, but that was amended to a Class 1 misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement. He is now facing a possible maximum sentence of one year in county jail.

Sentencing has been set for Nov. 13.

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