Wolfeboro man expected to plead guilty to pushing unwelcome pickup down Route 16By BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 12. 2018 7:42PM
OSSIPEE - A Wolfeboro man who allegedly used a front-end loader to topple a pickup truck and push it on its side down Route 16 intends to plead guilty, according to recent court filings.
In addition to reckless conduct, Edward Frank Evans, 55, is charged with felony criminal mischief, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and reckless operation, a violation-level offense.
After a June 6 status conference in Carroll County Superior Court, a plea and sentencing hearing was scheduled for Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. Prosecutor Keith Blair did not return a message about the terms of the plea agreement.
A driver who encountered the yellow Caterpillar loader pushing a black Ford pickup truck southbound from Evans' business, Evans Brothers LLC, at 800 Route 16, recorded the incident on a phone and posted it on Facebook on Feb. 22, the day it occurred. Evans was arrested March 1.
According to an Ossipee police affidavit, the incident was sparked when Evans arrived at the business he co-owns with his brother and found that a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck that belonged to a friend of his nephew was still on the property after he'd requested that it be removed on Feb. 18.
Henry DePasquale, 16, of Effingham, said his uncle helped him buy the truck that was registered in his mother's name. Rob Evans, who works for his father, Ron, at the general contracting and excavation services business, is a mechanic and had agreed to work on the truck, according to DePasquale.
Feeling that the truck had been parked in the lot most of the winter, Ed Evans came into the office angry and confronted his sister-in-law about the vehicle. Police allege that he swept items off her desk, threw a metal document box into a wall and pushed her to the ground. He allegedly pushed her again as she tried to get up and finally pushed her into a chair.
A judge granted the woman an emergency order of protection and, following a March 16 hearing, the court issued a domestic violence final order of protection that bars Edward Evans from having any contact with his sister-in-law. He also was ordered to complete a batterer's intervention program.
Both the reckless conduct and criminal mischief charges are Class B felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The criminal mischief was charged as a felony because of damage to the truck valued at more than $1,500.