Photo: Thomas Bechtold
VALLEY SPRINGS – A hit and run occurred on the afternoon of April 3, at Nall Street and Westhill Road, in which a vehicle hit a pedestrian.
Turns out 29-year-old Thomas Bechtold got into a verbal argument with 47-year-old James Leslie.
Bechtold then got into his vehicle, struck the victim with it and drove away. Leslie was left there unconscious.
A few hours later the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Bechtold had been dropped off near where the incident occurred.
Oddly enough, officers did see Bechtold there – tied to a telephone pole and “battered.”
He was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, battery and felony hit and run. His bail is set at $2,195,000.