Middlebury man charged in 2012 hit-and-run sent back to prison

Pasquale Rulli was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Aug. 6 after violating his probation by being arrested for public intoxication, among other offenses.

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

ELKHART — A Middlebury man who left the scene of an accident after hitting a bicyclist in 2012 is headed back to prison after violating his probation.

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Pasquale Rulli was sentenced 18 months in prison after admitting to drinking alcohol while on probation, blowing a 0.21 on a breath test, being arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and for leaving Elkhart County without permission of his probation officer or the court, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s office.

On July 10, 2012, Rulli was driving south on C.R. 35 on his way to Fort Wayne around 10:19 p.m. when he hit Zion Carlstrom, a Middlebury girl who was riding her bike. She was 17 years old at the time.

Rulli kept driving until he reached Fort Wayne and came forward to police the next day, according to court documents.

Carlstrom was hospitalized for weeks after the accident with life-threatening injuries and went through rehabilitation. 

Rulli pleaded guilty in March 2013 to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class D felony. He was sentenced in Elkhart Superior Court 6 to 18 months of home detention, which he has completed, followed by 18 months of probation.

Around May 18, 2014, Rulli was arrested in St. Joseph County while still on probation for disorderly conduct and public intoxication, according to the prosecutor’s office. 

That’s when his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.21 on a breath test and he “swung (at a) patron” of a bar where he was drinking, patrons told police. 

The St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office dismissed those charges on June 23, 2014, “for reasons currently unknown,” according to the Elkhart County prosecutors.

On July 25, 2014, the Elkhart County Probation Department filed a violation of probation petition against Rulli and a $50,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.

Rulli bonded out of jail and appeared in court on Aug. 6, where he admitted to violation his probation.

Judge David Bonfiglio revoked Rulli’s probation and sentenced him to 18 months in custody, which he’ll serve in either Elkhart County Jail or the Indiana Department of Correction.


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