S. Deerfield water superintendent Roger Sadoski Jr. arraigned in connection with vehicle crash into mailbox

For the Gazette
Thursday, July 05, 2018

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Roger Sadoski Jr., the superintendent of the South Deerfield Water Supply District and a member of both the Deerfield Planning Board and the Capital Improvements Planning Committee, was arraigned in Greenfield District Court after allegedly driving over a mailbox last month.

Sadoski pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of property damage and a marked lanes violation at the June 28 arraignment and is scheduled to come back to court for a pretrial conference hearing on Aug. 9.

According to court records, the incident on Upper Road happened around 10:10 p.m. on May 2.

The vehicle involved was described as a dark-colored pickup with a cap. Police later received information that a pickup truck matching the description had been seen being driven by Sadoski.

When police arrived to Sadoski’s residence that night, they saw the damage to his pickup and went to speak with him.

When asked if he had been in a car accident, Sadoski reportedly told police he had “not been involved in an accident.” Later, when asked about the damage to his vehicle, he allegedly said, “What damage to the vehicle?”

Shown the damage, Sadoski then is reported to have said, “Oh, I must have hit something.” Police officers continued to get a number of different answers as to what he might have hit, including “nothing.”

According to court records, the officers asked if Sadoski had consumed any alcoholic beverages. He told police that he had in his home, and that he had also taken an “Ambien pill for sleeping issues.”

Gary Sibilia, one of the officers on the scene, wrote that he did not arrest Sadoski for driving under the influence of alcohol because of the time that had passed since the time of the incident and because Sadoski had said he had a drink at his residence. Instead, police issued Sadoski a citation, which was later found to have probable cause in court and brought for a criminal arraignment.