MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The first hearing in the case of a retired Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of getting into a physical altercation with a young girl in a road rage incident will not occur Monday.

William Sothen, 63, of Salem, faces a misdemeanor battery charge in the August incident that began on the interstate before ending with him in a physical altercation on Van Voorhis Road in Morgantown with another motorist.

The hearing, scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2:30, is continued and has not been rescheduled.

Sothen is represented by Clarksburg-based attorney Tom Dyer. Dyer was unavailable to appear in court Monday, according to an assistant with the Monongalia County Magistrate Court’s Office.

The case is currently in front of Magistrate Mullens.

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