2018-05-17 / Courts

Sutherland pleads no contest

The coach of the four-school Leelanau tennis program pleaded no contest in District Court this week to a charge of failing to stop or identify a personal injury accident.

Timothy D. Sutherland, 64, was arrested March 24 after he failed to stop when he struck a pedestrian in Glen Arbor.

According to published accounts by the Sheriff’s Office, Sutherland struck with his car a 45-year-old man from Boyne Falls who had just stepped from his parked commercial truck.

The man was transported to Munson Medical Center and treated for nonlifethreatening injuries.

A no contest plea means that while the defendant does not admit guilt, they do admit the truth of the facts alleged.

Immediately following the accident, Glen Lake superintendent Sander Scott directed Sutherland to have no contact with students or staff.

Scott was not available for comment this week.

Failure to stop or identify a personal injury accident is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than a year in jail, a fine of not more $1,000 or both.

Sutherland is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.

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