Sidney City Police officer Alex Roselles was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and basic rule — reasonable and prudent, first offense, Tuesday, July 9.

Charging documents state on Feb. 11, 2019, Roselles was in an automobile accident that caused more than $1,000 worth of damage to his vehicle and left the scene without permission from law enforcement. The second charge stems from the defendant operating the vehicle in a manner not reasonable or prudent under the conditions at the time.

In a sworn statement, Richland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rhema Keller said he came across the accident at 1:07 a.m. on Feb. 11 on Highway 200 north of Sidney at the intersection of Country Road 351. Roselles’ red pickup was upside down in the ditch and footprints led away from the vehicle.

Keller was not able to make contact with Roselles in person or via phone until Feb. 17, when Roselles provided Keller with insurance information for the pickup but refused to speak about the crash.

The sworn statement continues, “During my investigation, I discovered that the Defendant spoke with Sergeant Tyler Kammerzell of the Sidney Police Department. Roselles told Kammerzell that Roselles was driving the night of the crash when he started to slide. Roselles was unable to bring the vehicle back under control.”

The defendant also told Kammerzell a passenger was with him at a friends house earlier that night. She told the defendant not to drive due to his consumption of alcohol and was not with him during the time of the accident.

A court date has been set for Monday, July 22, at 4:45 p.m. and a summons on complaint was issued on July 8 by Judge Savage.

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