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Arrest warrant filed in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run; New details on suspect's prior arrest released

Arrest warrant filed in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run; New details on suspect's prior arrest released

New details on suspect's prior arrest released
Arrest warrant filed in fatal Fulton County hit-and-run; New details on suspect's prior arrest released
Near where the crash happened. Photo taken Tuesday
Photographer: Gazette file

NORTHAMPTON -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Northville man in connection with the fatal weekend hit-and-run that killed a Broadalbin woman, state police said.

Exactly when the man, Derrick H. Carlisle, would be returned to Fulton County to face charges, however, was unclear Tuesday as Carlisle remained held Tuesday in a Pennsylvania jail on charges connected to his Sunday night arrest there.

Also, more details of Carlisle's April 19 arrest in Mayfield for DWI were released.

Carlisle is accused of driving a truck that struck and killed Andria Berger late Saturday or early Sunday

The Fulton County arrest warrant accuses Carlisle, 44, of Northville, of one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony. The charge carries a possible maximum term of up to seven years in state prison.

State police publicly identified Carlisle Monday as the driver they say struck and killed Berger along a stretch of Route 30 near Sacandaga Outdoor Equipment and then fled the scene. Berger's body was discovered by a passerby shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday.

Berger was a longtime advocate for disability rights, working passionately to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. She worked in Amsterdam for the Resource Center for Independent Living.

Troopers used information from the scene to quickly zero in on the type of vehicle, a red pickup truck with damage to its passenger side headlight assembly.

By late Sunday, just over 14 hours after Berger's body was discovered, police in Point Township, Pa., had Carlisle in custody.

Police there stopped Carlisle as he traveled on a road in a red 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The truck had damage consistent with the Fulton County crash, state police in Fulton County said.

Police in Pennsylvania also filed their own charges against Carlisle, accusing him of receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license. Both charges are felonies.

Carlisle was arraigned on the Pennsylvania charges Monday and ordered held on $60,000 bail, records show. He is due back in court there for a preliminary hearing Dec. 4.

While it was unclear when or how Carlisle would be returned to Fulton County to face the Northampton charge, the arrest warrant would be in Pennsylvania authorities' hands should he post bail.

The red 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck believed involved in the Northampton crash and driven by Carlisle in Pennsylvania also appeared to be the same truck he was driving when state police stopped him April 19 in Mayfield and charged him with DWI. That vehicle was listed in court paperwork as a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado.

In the April case, a trooper spotted Carlisle driving 79 mph in a 55 mph zone just after 9 p.m., according to an account included in court papers.

It took Carlisle about three-quarters of a mile to respond to the trooper's lights and another quarter mile to come to a complete stop, police said. The trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle and Carlisle failed multiple field sobriety tests, police said.

Carlisle's blood alcohol content in the April stop soon tested at 0.13, state police said, and he was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, and infractions of speeding and unlicensed motor vehicle operation.

Carlisle pleaded guilty in August to driving while ability impaired and was fined.

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