A man who carjacked two women and then fought with deputies at the hospital has been sentenced to two years in prison.
The defendant, Michael Wayne Pennington, 25, entered guilty pleas to charges of assault, reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle, evading arrest, aggravated trespassing and resisting arrest. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
His charges come after he commandeered a vehicle and demanded the driver take him to his mother’s house. After the female driver did as ordered, Pennington told her to take him to his truck and became enraged when he asked her for a cigarette and she did not have one. The woman said Pennington then choked her as she was still driving down the road.
“The ladies (the driver and her passenger) pulled over and she tried to pull him out of the car but could not,” wrote judicial commissioner David Williams in the warrant based on the victim’s story. “He did get out and grabbed her phone and kicked the car and hit the window and his last words were ‘I’ll kill you b----.’”
Pennington was able to get away that evening but was captured by deputies the next day when he rolled up on them in the River Park Hospital parking lot in a wheelchair.
“I saw him roll up next to my cruiser in a wheelchair,” recalled sheriff’s deputy Dennis Duncan. “He told me he was putting me in his crosshairs and continued to curse and make a fool of himself.”
It was then the officer realized there was a warrant against Pennington for the carjacking.
The River Park incident marked the second time Pennington had been arrested at the hospital. In 2008, Pennington was given 90 days in jail after he walked into the emergency room at River Park and demanded to see a doctor. He was later tased as he fought with officers in the bathroom of the facility.