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Crime & Courts

Sandwich man facing charges after changing crash story told to police

SYCAMORE – A Sandwich man who police said crashed into a public park is facing changes after he changed his story.

Benjamin W. Fleehart, 45, of the 800 block of West Church Street was charged with obstructing justice and leaving the scene of an accident after police said they found the gray door handle of a Ford 500 that matched one that had come off his car at the scene of an accident in Malta’s Lions Park, according to court documents.

Police first responded to a call from a concerned woman Saturday who said Fleehart had driven away from her and, after his gray Ford 500 turned a corner, she heard the sound of a crash, according court records. He then called her and made odd statements, according to court records.

Police reported they were unable to find a crash scene that night.

On Sunday, police responded to a report of a hit-and-run at Lions Park, located at Fourth and Monroe streets, according to court documents, where they found a car part. Police saw that the part matched damage to Fleehart’s car, according to court documents. At first, Fleehart told police he didn’t know anything about damage to his car and acted surprised, but then said he had damaged his car two days before on Interstate 88 after he was shown a photo, according to court documents.

If convicted of the more serious charge of obstructing justice, Fleehart could face up to three years in prison.

Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Fleehart released on his signature and that he be placed on pretrial supervision.

Fleehart is next due in court 9 a.m. Dec. 13.

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