A Spring Garden Township man pleaded guilty Monday in the York County Court of Common Pleas to a reckless endangerment charge stemming from a 2012 hit-and-run incident involving a West York Police officer.

Judge Gregory M. Snyder sentenced Jose Yomar Leon-Ortiz, 24, to three to 23 months in prison and ordered him to pay court costs, Leon-Ortiz's attorney, public defender Rebecca Coy, confirmed.

According to court documents, Leon-Ortiz must report to York County Prison by 9 a.m. on Aug. 16.

Coy also confirmed that four counts of felony aggravated assault and a single count each of summary reckless driving and speeding were dropped. A charge of felony attempted aggravated assault was withdrawn.

Coy declined to comment further.

Incident: Leon-Ortiz was accused of striking an officer with a car as the officer was attempting to stop a man who was allegedly urinating in public.

On July 7, 2012, the officer, who was on foot patrol, saw Yikeem Williams, 25, of York City allegedly urinating in a parking lot in the first block of Overbrook Avenue. When the officer tried to stop him, Williams jumped into a silver BMW driven by Leon-Ortiz, police have said.

Leon-Ortiz then allegedly struck the officer with the car. The officer escaped serious injury by partially jumping out of the way but suffered minor injuries to his hands and arms.

Both men fled, but U.S. marshals arrested Leon-Ortiz a few days later.


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Williams walked into District Judge Walter Groom's office 10 days after the incident and turned himself in. He was charged with escape and scattering rubbish.

However, the charges against Williams were withdrawn in September.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.