A man involved in a Nov. 3 traffic fatality has been charged with harassing the accident victim’s widow, police records show. Jimmy L. Ingram, Sr., the man involved in the Nov. 3 fatal accident in the parking lot of the Country Inn Motel, has been arraigned in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges of criminal trespass and use of a telephone to harass or annoy.
Ingram entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment Monday morning. According to court documents, he was released on $2,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment.
William Pangburn, the motel’s owner, was struck in the motel parking lot by a vehicle driven by Ingram. Pangburn died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. No charges have been filed against Ingram in connection with the accident, which is still under investigation.
According to a Tucumcari police incident log, however, Ingram was arrested around 1 a.m. on Nov. 12 and charged with criminal trespass and use of a telephone to harass or annoy. A woman had previously called Tucumcari police from the Country Inn Motel around 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 in reference to alleged harassment from Ingram.
According to the police incident log, Audra Pangburn, WIlliam Pangburn’s widow, gave a statement to Tucumcari Police regarding the alleged harassment According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Officer Jon Shaw of Tucumcari Police reported that Ingram had been told not to return to the motel property, yet Audra Pangburn said he had returned several times.
Audra Pangburn did not elaborate but said Monday afternoon she was comfortable furnishing Tucumcari police with the statement concerning Ingram’s alleged harassment. Audra Pangburn also said she remains unhappy with the investigation into her husband’s death.
“I do feel that the police have not handled the case with the utmost care,” she said. “People who said they witnessed the accident have told me they have not been interviewed by police. Why haven’t the police called me? Why are they not keeping me abreast of what’s going on?”
Lt. Charles Newman of Tucumcari police said earlier this month he was leading the investigation into Pangburn’s death. Newman has since gone on vacation. Sgt. Albert Baca is now leading the investigation. Baca said the alleged harassment is “not related“ to the ongoing investigation into Pangburn’s death. He said he had “no idea” how long the investigation will take. He said he cannot comment further.
“It is an ongoing investigation,” he said.