Schreier arrested following hit and run
Austin D. Schreier, 25, of New Lisbon was charged Tuesday in Monroe County Circuit Court with a hit and run, resisting or obstructing an officer and failing to notify police of an accident.
This past Sunday, July 28, officers were dispatched to a hit and run crash near milepost 145 westbound on I-94 involving a red GMC Sierra and a blue Ford Escape.
Upon arrival officers spoke with Michael Fegan, driver of the GMC, who stated the Ford had allegedly side swiped him. According to the complaint, officers observed a large scuffmark on the front right corner of the truck.
Fegan told officers he was traveling in the left lane and the Ford was in the right land attempting to pass him. As the Ford merged into the left lane, it allegedly struck Fegan’s truck with its left rear bumper.
Fegan said both vehicles exited from the interstate on exit ramp 145. He thought the vehicle was going to stop but the vehicle allegedly blew through a stop sign, heading east on Industrial Avenue at a high rate of speed.
Fegan and his passenger were able to obtain the license plate on the vehicle, which came back registered to Schreier’s mother. Officers arrived at the registered residence and made contact with her, who informed officers her son had the car.
Officers contacted Schreier via his mother’s cell phone. He allegedly told officers he had not been involved in an accident and that there was no damage to his car.
Officers informed Schreier the plate number and description of the vehicle leaving the scene matched his vehicle. He continued to deny any knowledge of the incident.
Schreier told officers to come to his residence in New Lisbon to look at his vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found a blue Ford Escape in the driveway; the left rear corner of the vehicle was reportedly freshly buffed out while the area next to the rear corner had a light dusting on it.
Officers observed a very fine scuffmark just above the left rear tire area of the vehicle. Officers also noted there was no ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle as required by Schreier’s bond conditions.
Schreier was reportedly adamant he was not involved in the crash and allegedly said he had not driven the vehicle at all that day, yet the hood of the vehicle was hot to the touch.
According to the complaint, Schreier then allegedly changed his answer and said he wanted to “tell the truth” and didn’t want anyone to “take the hit” for his mistake.
He reportedly said, “Yes I was driving and yes I fled because of my revoked license and bond conditions.” Schreier allegedly admitted he was not thinking after he side swiped the truck and fled.
Schreier was arrested and transported to the Monroe County Jail. A $750 cash bond was set.
Schreier was additionally charged with operating while revoked, violating a court order by tampering/failing to install an ignition interlock device and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. He is scheduled for an initial appearance on August 9 at 1 p.m. in front of Judge Richard Radcliffe.