Crashed car abandoned on Dana Ave. last week
Date posted: February 12, 2014
SHERIDAN — A vehicle reported stolen from Holmes Avenue in Sheridan was found crashed last week.
The story of the 1995 Subaru Impreza and how it ended up on the side of the road up against a telephone poll is a case that passed through the hands of both the Sheridan Police and the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 7 a.m. Friday, Sheriff’s deputies discovered the vehicle in question on the 1900 block of Dana Avenue, just outside city limits. SCSO Lt. Mark Conrad said the vehicle appeared to have veered off of the road’s embankment and struck the pole. The car’s airbag had deployed, but there was no blood or other evidence at the scene indicating someone had been injured.
No driver or passenger was at the crash site. The vehicle was towed.
Sheridan Police Department Sgt. Travis Koltiska said later that morning, at approximately 11 a.m., 24-year-old Charles Scheckela called the Sheridan Police Department and reported his car had been stolen. Scheckela said he last saw the vehicle at approximately 10:30 the evening before, when he had returned to his residence after spending a few hours at the Rails Bar. Scheckela said he left his car parked on the street with the keys in the ignition and went to sleep at approximately midnight. The next morning, when he noticed the vehicle was missing, he called a few of his friends to see if they had borrowed the car. When he was unable to determine who had the car or where it was, he decided to file a stolen vehicle report.
In this instance, the stolen vehicle had been recovered before it was ever reported missing.
Koltiska said police have no leads or suspects regarding who moved the vehicle from Holmes Avenue and ran off the road several miles away.
Conrad said the size of the dent in the front bumper of the vehicle suggest the car was not going very fast when it hit the pole.