Wittke makes court appearance in Pembroke
The Eganville man charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in the wake of a devastating crash in Arnprior made a brief appearance in a Pembroke court Tuesday. Wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, 20-year-old Zachary Lee Wittke stood in the prisoner’s dock and listened as his case was adjourned for another week. Justice of the Peace Barry Moran ordered him to appear by video on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in order to set a date for a bail hearing. The court heard that Ottawa-based lawyer Paolo Giancaterino is expected to represent Wittke, who will remain in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. The accused faces charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, flight while pursued by police, theft of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle while disqualified. Sheila Welsh, 65, died on Sept. 25 when her car was struck on the driver’s side by a stolen silver Ford F150. Police were pursuing the stolen truck at the time.