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York man sent to prison in case involving possession of stolen motorcycle and drugs

York man sent to prison in case involving possession of stolen motorcycle and drugs

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YORK – Matthew Huston, 36, of York, has been sentenced to prison time after being caught with a stolen motorcycle and illegal drugs.

He was sentenced this week in York County District Court by Judge James Stecker.

This case began last year, in the late evening hours, when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol on Highway 34 near Road O.

In his affidavit to the court, the deputy says he saw a driver of a pickup with a motorcycle in the bed commit a traffic violation and the deputy said he attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the area of Road N and Highway 34.

Instead, the pickup continued southbound at about 28 mph. The deputy said the driver “on a number of occasions waved back at my patrol unit and at one point gave a thumbs up. Just north of the intersection of Road 14 and Road N, the driver of the vehicle threw an object outside of the driver side window. The vehicle continued southbound on Road N until coming to a complete stop just south of Road 14 on Road N.”

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and he identified himself as Matthew Huston, the deputy said in his report.

The deputy said Huston failed a series of field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test.

The affidavit says the deputy did a records check and found Huston had three active Lancaster County warrants for his arrest. His driver’s license was also revoked and suspended.

Deputies went back to the area where Huston had thrown something out of the vehicle. The deputies found a glass vial with a silver cap which contained a white crystal-like substance, which field tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed seven grams.

A records check of the motorcycle in the bed of the pickup truck indicated it had been stolen out of Lincoln.

During a search of the pickup, deputies found a glass jar with 3 ½ grams of marijuana; a white plastic container containing concentrated cannabis; glass pipe with methamphetamine residue; 37 hypodermic needles, with one loaded and ready for injection and two being used; one electronic cigarette with a cartridge containing concentrated cannabis; and a bag with residue.

Deputies say “Huston admitted his last methamphetamine use was the day before when he ate methamphetamine. He said he was borrowing the truck from a friend in Seward and had just picked it up with the bike in the back.”

The deputy said it was his opinion that Huston was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and could not safely operate a motor vehicle.

This week, Huston was sentenced for theft by receiving stolen property, a Class 4 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

“The state is asking for a straight sentence,” said York County Attorney John Lyons. “And probation is recommending the same. He has continued his criminal activity since this case started. He even tried to forge a COVID-positive test result in order to get out of court.”

“Given the position of probation, I believe a straight sentence would be proper,” said York County Public Defender David Michel.

“This was over a year ago and since then I’ve gone to treatment,” Huston told the court. “I take accountability for my actions and I would like to serve my time with the department of corrections.”

“You have an extensive record,” Judge Stecker told Huston, reading a list of past offenses and convictions, to include (as listed by the judge): possession of a controlled substance, theft, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, aiding and abetting a theft, possession of a controlled substance and multiple thefts.

“This case involved driving under the influence and you were a no-show for your pre-sentence interview,” the judge said to Huston. “You have a lengthy criminal history and you have not been in compliance with probation. You are not eligible for probation. And you fabricated a COVID test and gave it to your probation officer. Incarceration is necessary, you have not led a law-abiding life.”

Huston was sentenced to 18 months in prison for each count, to be served concurrently. He was given credit for 41 days already served. Once he is released from prison he is ordered to be under post-release supervision for 12 months.

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