Deering fingered as driver
Shearstown man charged following hit and run in Coley’s Point
Police have charged a Shearstown man, 29-year-old Mitchell Jeffrey Deering, for his alleged role in an unusual series of incidents in Coley’s Point that began on the evening of April 12.
Deering appeared in provincial court in Harbour Grace April 18 on a charge of failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Police say additional charges, including mischief, are pending.
The charge stems from a hitand-run at about 10: 30 a. m. on Tuesday, April 12. A small car smashed into a storage shed on Coley’s Point South Road in Bay Roberts. The driver left the scene before the owners of the property, Albert and Joan Wilson, could determine if anyone had been hurt.
Then, on the afternoon of April 14, police received a report that a car had been spotted in the water off Gully Road in Coley’s Point, about 40 feet from the shoreline. Only the car’s roof and an open trunk lid were visible. Police called in a diver to attach a tow cable to the car.
It appears the car, which was located less than a kilometre away from the Wilson property, had been deliberately ditched. The gear shift was in the “drive” position.
It’s very likely the grey Pontiac Pursuit was the same car involved in the hit-and-run at the Wilson property.
Police believe Deering was at the wheel during the accident. A second male in the car has cooperated with police, and is not expected to face charges, said Sgt. Marc Coulombe of the Trinity Conception District RCMP.
The owner of the car, a female resident of Coley’s Point, reported the vehicle was stolen. But police believe the owner willingly gave the keys to Deering.
“ We do not believe the car was stolen,” said Coulombe, adding that the owner may also face a mischief charge.
The car sustained extensive damage in the accident, and is believed to have been submerged in the water for some 24 hours.
The Wilson’s had insurance on their garage, which sustained significant damage.
Anyone with information can contact the Trinity Conception District RCMP at 596-5014 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-2228477