York man gets time served in case where he was drunk on lawnmower while threatening officers with knife

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

Don Steinshouer earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony, and attempt of a Class 4 felony, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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 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 which 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.

This week, in York County District Court, Steinshouer’s case was amended as part of a plea agreement. The terroristic threats charge was dismissed and the second charge was amended to a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Sentencing took place immediately afterward, with Steinshouer being sentenced to 136 days in jail while being given credit for 136 days already served.

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