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Man stirs trouble from wheelchair
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A man who accosted a deputy from a wheelchair in the hospital parking lot faces assault charges.
The suspect, Michael Wayne Pennington, 25, waived his right to preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
“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.”
The deputy learned Pennington had been treated and released at the hospital. He also learned there was an outstanding warrant against him for an incident the day before.
The warrant claims Pennington forced a woman to give him a ride to his mother’s house to pick up a set of keys. He then ordered the woman to take him to his truck, but became enraged. The woman said he began choking her as she was driving down the road.
The woman told officers she was able to slow down and pull off the road. She then managed to get Pennington out of the vehicle.
“He did get out and grabbed her phone and kicked the car and hit the window,” wrote judicial commissioner David Williams in the warrant based on the victim’s story. “His last words were ‘I’ll kill you b----- more than once.’”