Man takes plea deal in case involving third DUI, obstruction and reckless driving

YORK – Joshua Case, 44, of Lincoln, appeared in York County District Court this week, on multiple charges related to third offense drunk driving, reckless driving and obstruction of a police officer. The case resulted in a plea agreement and a change of plea.

The case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol on Highway 34 near Road S. According to court documents, the deputy saw a speeding vehicle coming toward him and radar indicated it was moving at 105 mph. As the vehicle passed the deputy, he saw it was a white pickup truck with a utility bed.

The deputy turned around and followed, attempting to initiate a traffic stop. Court documents indicate the vehicle went approximately one mile before the driver – Case – pulled over.

The deputy indicates in the court affidavit he could smell alcohol on Case and could see a Modelo beer box on the passenger side floorboard. He was asked to exit the vehicle but refused. The deputy’s affidavit says he attempted to open the door to the vehicle but Case allegedly pulled it closed and began reaching for the ignition and window switches. As the deputy tried to open the door, Case pulled it back shut.

The deputy drew his Taser and Case was able to be secured in handcuffs. It was noted a pocketknife was clipped to his right front pocket.

Deputies said Case refused to cooperate with a preliminary blood test, at first, but later submitted and it indicated his blood alcohol level was over .15. He was arrested and taken to the York County Jail.

It was noted Case’s criminal history includes convictions for driving under the influence in 2011 in Cass County and in 2016 in Lancaster County. He is also a registered sex offender. He has also been charged, in the past, with failure to appear, violating probation and driving under suspension.

He earlier pleaded not guilty to third offense drunk driving, a Class 3A felony; obstructing a police officer, a Class 1 misdemeanor; no proof of insurance, a Class 2 misdemeanor; willful reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor; and refusal to submit to a test, a Class W misdemeanor.

As part of a plea agreement, the charges were amended to second offense DUI, a Class W misdemeanor; obstruction of an officer, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and willful reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

Case pleaded guilty to the amended charges.

Sentencing has been set for Feb. 26, 2024.

 

 

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