BEAVER — A Beaver man faces criminal charges accusing him of allowing his 12-year-old daughter to borrow his pickup truck and take her friends for a ride, then telling them to lie about how they were injured after they crashed.
The man, 50, was charged last week in 5th District Court with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony; obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor; and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor. A warrant has been issued for the man's arrest.
On May 23, the mother of two girls contacted the Beaver County Sheriff's Office about her daughters being involved in a crash with their friend.
"The two juveniles stated that a 12-year-old friend came over and picked them up in their father's truck," according to charging documents. The group checked first with the 12-year-old's father to make sure it was OK, a search warrant affidavit further states.
While driving the 1993 Dodge Dakota toward the unincorporated community of Greenville, the young driver lost control of the truck, which began to drift and then rolled onto its side, the charges state. The group crawled out of the truck through the back window.
Two of the children wanted to call police, but the 12-year-old said no, and instead called her father. After the father responded to the scene, he also told the other girls not to call police and not to go to the hospital, according to the charges. Rather, he allegedly told the girls to go to a chiropractor and gave them Ibuprofen.
"According to the two juveniles, (the father) told them to tell their parents that they fell off the trampoline and not to report the accident," the charges allege.
The man then went and retrieved the wrecked truck, which he was able to drive back but had to hold the driver's side door because it would not shut, charging documents say. He then parked it behind his house where deputies with a search warrant later located it.