Car And Driver Removed from Crash Site
Jesse Matthew Newhart, 35, Wyalusing, and Thomas Richard Masters, 53, New Albany RR1, face various charges associated with a single vehicle car crash near Ambrosius Road in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, just before midnight on June 19. Police allege that Newhart was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car into a utility pole, drove across a field, and then got stuck in a ditch while trying to enter an adjacent road. A nearby resident who phoned police indicated that the crash occurred between 11:30 and 11:40 p.m. She heard loud screeching of tires and the impact with the pole before she and her family rushed to the scene to see if they could help.
The witness told police that Newhart was “staggering all over the area” shortly after the accident and, when she asked him if he was OK, he responded, “I think I had one too many.” Newhart then asked the witness if her family could help him remove his vehicle from the ditch so that he could drive home, but they declined and informed him and Masters, who had just come out of his home and upon the scene, that the police were on their way. Reportedly, Masters exclaimed, “F*** that. We’re out of here!”
Masters then used his own vehicle to tow Newhart’s car into a nearby field and out of sight from the roadway before the two men took off toward Wyalusing. When Masters returned home and was questioned by police, he denied that there had been an accident and said instead that he and Newhart had been fooling around and doing some off-road driving and that Newhart’s vehicle had gotten stuck in the field, where police found the vehicle sitting with tow ropes still attached.
Masters has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering apprehension of a crime suspect. Newhart faces charges for DUI, careless and high-speed driving, and failure to report an accident. A preliminary hearing for both men has been set for Aug. 24.