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February 4, 2014

Man charged for accident, faking carjacking

NEW CASTLE — A Croton area man was charged Monday for allegedly hitting a pole and feigning a carjacking.

New Castle police said the accident occurred around 9:50 p.m. Jan. 14.

Brian Dale Lewis, 50, of 728 Cleveland Ave., has been issued a summons to appear in court to answer to charges of recklessly endangering another person, false reports to law enforcement, reckless driving, accident damage to unattended vehicle or property and careless driving.

Police said Lewis was driving a box truck with a female passenger around 9:50 p.m. Jan. 14 when he hit a tree on Butler Avenue, then knocked down a utility pole on Franklin Avenue. Police found the pole in three pieces with power, phone and cable lines lying on the road.

Witnesses said the truck was speeding as it tried to turn onto Franklin Avenue and hit the pole. Two people were trying to free the truck from the downed pole and rammed it until it was free, witnesses said.

Another woman told police she had seen two people running from a white box truck parked near an auto lot on Cascade Street. Police said the truck had a flat tire and damage on the front and top. No one was inside it, police said, but they found Lewis’ photo identification card.

Officers impounded the truck.

Police said they later were contacted by Lewis, who told them he wanted to report having been carjacked by a man with a gun on McClelland Avenue. They took Lewis and his passenger to the police station, where the woman told officers she and Lewis had been at a house on McClelland Avenue before driving home in Lewis’ work truck. She said Lewis took a bend too fast, hit a pole and they got out of the truck on Ray Street.

She said Lewis smashed both their cell phones and threw the truck’s keys to the side of the road to try to make the carjacking believable.

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