A 19-year-old Connecticut man accused of critically injuring an employee at a Shelton Cumberland Farms while stealing a David Hasselhoff sign in August has pleaded not guilty.
Adam Holter, 19, of Milford, turned himself in to police on Thursday, Oct. 10. He appeared in court today and is due back in court on Dec. 16.
Holter is suspected of being the driver and police has an active arrest warrant charging him with assault in the second degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree.
The convenience store chain's ads featuring the former "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star have proved to be a hot commodity among thieves. More than 500 cutouts were stolen across the country in the summer of 2012, the Associated Press reported.
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The popular prank made headlines again this August, when the Shelton incident took a violent turn. It began on Tuesday, Aug. 20, when Cumberland Farms employee, Jason Crowley, 36, saw a man get out of a vehicle, cut two ‘David Hasseloff’ advertisement signs off of a light pole and put the signs in the back, police said.
Crowley approached the vehicle to try and get the signs back, but the driver sped away and Crowley was dragged.
He spun around and flipped backward, landing on his head, police said.
Police started receiving 911 calls from the scene at 1:15 a.m. that morning, reporting that the employee had been struck by a black SUV in the parking lot of Cumberland Farms at 819 River Road and was having seizures.
Crowley was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. He was listed in critical condition and is still recovering from his injuries. Police said no other arrests are expected in this case.
Holter was released on a $10,000 bond.