Huntington man charged for stealing, crashing car
HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man is accused of stealing a car in downtown Huntington on Sunday and crashing it, causing more than $6,000 in damages.
Bret Allen Dement, 29, was jailed at 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with fleeing from an officer while DUI, destruction or injury of property, grand larceny, obstruction and fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference. His bond has not yet been set.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Dement was walking through Flats on 4th, at 1415 4th Ave. in Huntington, when he allegedly stole a blue Honda Civic that was sitting in the lot with keys in the ignition. Dement later allegedly crashed the vehicle during a police chase.
The police chase started after Dement allegedly ignored visual and audible signs for him to stop. While fleeing, he allegedly drove through the yard between the post office and nursing home, in the 1200 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard, where he almost struck several vehicles and pedestrians.
The chase came to a stop after he allegedly crashed into two large fences, which belonged to the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, and several sets of rail car wheels.
The total amount of damage is estimated to be $6,000.
According to the criminal complaint, while being questioned by police, Dement said he had drug dependency issues and had used drugs earlier in the day. He first used heroin, but then used meth to overcome overdose symptoms. Officers alleged he appeared to have constricted pupils and lethargic speech, with delayed responses. He was treated with naloxone at the time, to which he had a positive response.
Dement is housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.