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UPDATE: Homeowner Has Strong Words for Drunk Teen Who Drove Through Fence

By: Katelyn Sykes, Anna Baxter Email
By: Katelyn Sykes, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 8/14/12 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston teenager is facing a slew of charges after police say he was drunk, stole a car and crashed into a woman’s yard.

It doesn’t end there. Police say Deon Henning, 19, then put up a fight, hit an officer, took off running and had to be subdued with a Taser.

Now the homeowner is furious and wants Henning to pay for the damaged caused to her yard.

It wasn’t the wake-up call Georgia Watts was expecting at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"It scared me so bad that I had a panic attack and a breathing attack,” Watts said. “I couldn't breathe."

But when Watts looked out her window and saw the destruction left behind in her yard, her fear turned into anger.

"I'd probably pop him right in the nose," she said.

Charleston Police said Henning was drunk and crashed a stolen vehicle into Watts’ yard along Garrison Avenue, tearing up the grass and tearing down her fence.

"It's heartbreaking because we work hard on our property up here,” she said. “We try to keep it the best we can keep it, and somebody like that comes by through the neighborhood that don't even live here and tears up your property. He had no business on Garrison Avenue."

After he drove through Watts’ yard, she said he drove off up the street crashing again, but this time into a telephone pole. That’s when police said Henning fought with them and eventually had to be subdued with the Taser.

"When I went up the road, you didn't know if he was going to be dead or alive,” she said. “And he has to run and be an idiot from the police after he done wrecked two times."

Now Watts is left wondering how she’s going to be able to pay to get her yard and fence permanently fixed.

"It's very frustrating," she said. "We don't know if he has insurance. You know people like that shouldn't be allowed on the street."

Henning is facing several misdemeanor charges including DUI, battery on an officer and fleeing on foot. Police said they also found some marijuana, a narcotic drug and a prescription bottle inside the car.

The teenager also didn’t have a drivers license.

He’s being held in the South Central Regional Jail, in lieu of a $10,000 bond.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager from Charleston is facing several charges after he crashed a stolen vehicle through a fence and then shoved an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Deon Ray Henning, 19, of Charleston, crashed his vehicle through a fence in the 200-block of Garrison Avenue early Tuesday morning.

The officer who responded to the incident says he observed Henning was sweating and had slurred speech. When the officer confronted Henning, he told him to shut up and shoved the officer in the chest with his forearm, according to the complaint. Henning also told the officer he was driving the EMS Supervisor's vehicle that responded to the scene of the incident, but that was not the case.

Police say due to Henning's aggressive behavior they tased him to put him under arrest.

According to the complaint, police found marijuana in Henning's vehicle console and a narcotic and prescription bottle in the glove box.

When officers ran Henning's name through CPD records, investigators found that Henning doesn't have a valid driver's license. He only has an identification card.

Henning was charged with DUI first offense, battery on a police officer, simple possession, obstructing an officer and fleeing.

As of Tuesday morning, Henning remains in jail.

Charleston Police Shift Commander tells WSAZ.com the vehicle Henning crashed was reported stolen, but officers didn't know that until after Henning was arrested.

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