Arraignment held for man accused of being drunk on lawnmower, threatening officers with knife

YORK – A 55-year-old York man, who is classified as being a transient in court documents, has been arraigned in a case involving his alleged being drunk on a lawnmower and threatening officers with a knife.

Don Steinshouer pleaded not guilty this week, to charges of terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony, and attempt of a Class 4 felony, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He appeared before Judge James Stecker in the York County District Court.

The case began when the York Police Department was dispatched to a local business where the owners said a drunk man was on one of their lawnmowers.

According to court documents, officers went to the business and saw Steinshouer sitting on a riding lawnmower, bent over the steering wheel by the ignition. As the officers approached him, he allegedly looked at them and “suddenly took a fighting position by pushing his left arm out toward (the officers), pointing at them, and rapidly raising his right hand, holding an open knife and pointing the blade (at the officers).”

Court documents indicate the officers gave him nine verbal commands to drop the knife before he finally complied, “but continued to offer non-compliance as officers took him into custody. While searching the mower that belonged to the business, officers observed there to be damage to the ignition consistent with someone attempting to start the mower with the knife. Steinshouer said he was looking to buy the mower. He said, ‘I want a mower.’”

He was then arrested and taken to the York County Jail.

A jury trial has been set for Dec. 19.

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