Hit-and-run suspect skips court

Wilton police arrested Herman Schaefer, 56, of Linden Tree Lane for failure to appear in the first degree, and failure to appear in the second degree, on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Mr. Schaefer’s arrests stem from two incidents.

The first-degree charge is the result of his missing court dates related to a March 2011 accident on Linden Tree Lane.  During that accident, he struck and injured a 56-year-old pedestrian and left the scene. The man returned home from a walk with no recollection of how he was injured. He suffered a broken left scapula (shoulder blade), lacerations to his head and right hand, and injuries to his right leg and foot.

Police investigators searching Linden Tree Road found a plastic housing that later turned out to be part of the sideview mirror of a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. While conducting a follow-up investigation, Officer Paul Lichtenberger saw a truck of that type pull into a driveway. When he went to investigate he saw the front left fender and left sideview mirror were damaged.

The driver, Mr. Schaefer, admitted to driving the truck on Linden Tree Road on the date and approximate time of the incident.

As a result of his failure to appear in court, he was charged with evading responsibility with injuries, interfering with a police investigation, operating without insurance, and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The second-degree charge is related to a 2014 driving-under-the-influence arrest in New Canaan.

Mr. Schaefer was held on $50,000 bond, and was due in court on Monday, Feb. 2.