Man wanted in Fulton County for hit and run pleads no contest to unrelated charges in Pa.
NORTHAMPTON — A Northville resident who was allegedly involved in a hit and run incident in November — and who was arrested and charged in Pennsylvania on unrelated firearms and receiving stolen property charges — pled no contest on Jan. 31 to firearms not to be carried without a license in a Pennsylvania court.
Michael Suders, an attorney in Sunbury, Penn., said his client, 44-year-old Derrick Carlisle, pleaded no contest to firearms not to be carried without a license. As part of the plea, the receiving stolen property charge was dropped and the firearms not to be carried without a license charge was dropped from a felony down to a misdemeanor.
“A no contest plea has the same effects as a guilty plea, but he’s neither admitting nor denying,” Suders said.
Carlisle is expected to be sentenced in Northumberland County Court on April 9 at 9:15 a.m. in front of Judge Paige Rosini.
Carlisle is the alleged driver of a red, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that hit pedestrian Andria Berger, 46, of Broadalbin, who was found dead off the roadway of Route 30 near Sacandaga Outdoor Equipment.
Troopers said Berger was hit sometime between the night of Nov. 16 or early morning of Nov. 17. An autopsy conducted at Albany Medical Center determined the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma.
It was determined the vehicle that struck her had damage to its passenger side headlight. Troopers said Carlisle’s truck had damages consistent with the incident that occurred.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Leader-Herald in November, New York state police had been tracking the vehicle Carlisle was driving through its OnStar system.
State police then alerted Point Township police, who dispatched officer Kevin Herring to locate the vehicle on Nov. 17. Carlisle was taken into custody.
Point Township police charged Carlisle with receiving stolen property and firearms to not to be carried without a license.
According to the criminal complaint, the firearm had been reported stolen to the Saratoga Springs Police Department on Oct. 28. The firearm had been stolen from a vehicle within three weeks of the report being filed.
When police questioned Carlisle about the firearm, he allegedly told police he found it at a marina where he worked.
Carlisle is still being held at Northumberland County Jail in Pennsylvania in lieu of $60,000 cash bail.