Driver who nearly hit police cruiser head-on takes plea deal

YORK – A driver who nearly hit a York police cruiser head-on, who was charged with drug possession, has taken a plea deal.

According to court documents, an officer with the York department was on routine patrol in the area of Nobes Road and South Iowa Avenue. The officer saw a pickup with an attached trailer hauling pipes traveling south on Iowa Avenue at a high rate of speed while occupying a majority of the northbound travel lane.

The affidavit says the officer had to drive his cruiser off the roadway and onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. The officer said the driver, who was identified as Martin Hernandez Mondragon, 46, of Lincoln was seen to be holding his cell phone at steering wheel level. He said further once the truck passed him, it nearly wrecked.

A traffic stop was initiated and Mondragon was identified by his Mexican passport. He did not have a driver’s license. The officer could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and a search was conducted of the vehicle. During the search, a small amount of marijuana was found along with a half-gram of crystal methamphetamine.

Mondragon was initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, which carries a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision.

This past week, in York County District Court, he pleaded guilty to attempt of a Class 4 felony, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 27.




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