Sources: Jetter Damaged Car in South Buffalo

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) - The superintendent of Hamburg Schools, Dr. Richard Jetter, voluntarily walked into the Hamburg Village Police Department on Monday and admitted that he made up the story about his car being vandalized in a school parking lot on May 6, according to a high-ranking school district source.

Instead, it was Jetter who was behind the wheel the night before when the car suffered damage.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation tell Eyewitness News the damage occurred on Como Ave. in South Buffalo. Jetter sideswiped a utility pole in front of the home owned by a Hamburg School District employee.

After confessing to police on Monday, the source said Jetter returned to school district offices and informed staff members that he made the whole thing up.

He immediately checked himself into BryLin Hospital for treatment of depression, the source said.

"The board has placed Dr. Jetter on administrative leave. Asst. Superintendent Colleen Kaney has been named as acting superintendent," said district lawyer Andrew Freedman following a board meeting on Wednesday morning.

Jetter will continue to receive his $164,000 annual salary pending the outcome of the district's internal investigation and the police department's criminal probe.