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

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