Truck driver involved in hit and run situation sentenced in District Court

YORK – An Ohio truck driver who was charged with having illegal weapons after being involved in a hit and run accident in York County, brandishing a handgun and then leaving the scene, has been sentenced to probation.

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

Earlier, in York County District Court, Mohawk pleaded no contest to attempt of a Class 1 felony and leaving the scene of an accident.

This past week, he was sentenced to two years of traditional probation.

 

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