William Sheldon of Southampton faces charges resulting from November crash
NORTHAMPTON — A Southampton man denied he falsely claimed his truck was stolen after it was involved in a November crash that left a second vehicle hanging over a stone wall.
William A. Sheldon, 43, of 60 Crooked Ledge Road pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Friday to charges of leaving the scene of property damage, making a false report of a motor vehicle theft and intimidation of a witness.
Southampton police say that on Nov. 23 at about 10:30 p.m. they responded to a report that a car parked in a driveway on Delisle Road had been struck by a truck, forcing it up and over a stone wall on the property.
Witnesses said a lone man got out of the truck and left the scene on foot about 30 minutes before police were called, according to court files.
Police traced the registration of the truck to Sheldon and during an inventory of the vehicle saw that the interior windshield had been struck by the operator’s head during the crash, according to police.
Police searched the area to see if the operator needed medical attention and attempted to reach Sheldon via telephone.
Sheldon contacted police the following day to report his vehicle stolen.
According to police, Sheldon provided inconsistent information about his whereabouts the previous night and had a fresh cut on his head consistent with the damaged windshield. Sheldon told authorities the cut was the result of a fall from a ladder.
He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on March 1.
Bob Dunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.