Guilty Verdict for Drug Dealer who Injured Woman While Fleeing from Police
A jury says a man who led police on a pursuit that ended in a violent crash in State College is guilty on all 10 related charges.
The Centre County jury convicted Stacy Fanelle Henry, 38, of Mill Hall, on Tuesday for several charges related to drug dealing, fleeing from police, and seriously injuring a woman in a related crash.
The May 2 incident began to unfold when an undercover state trooper purchased heroin from Henry, who had a reputation for bringing large amounts of the drug into Centre County.
After the drug sale, police saw Henry pick up a woman in Milesburg before heading to Wal-Mart on North Atherton Street. Police in an unmarked vehicle followed Henry's car and requested assistance in performing a traffic stop after Henry committed several traffic violations, including running a red light.
Ferguson Township Police Officer Walt Embser approached Henry in the North Atherton Wal-Mart parking lot and attempted to pull him over. Henry finally pulled over after circling around the Wal-Mart parking lot, telling the female passenger to throw the money from his drug sales out the window and hiding 16 baggies of Heroin and $4,400 in cash in the women's purse and make-up bag.
After pulling over, Henry told the woman to get out of the car so that he could flee forcing officers to follow him and she could get away with the drugs and money. When officers ordered her back into the vehicle, Henry fled leading officers on a high-speed chase on North Atherton Street in the middle of the day.
At the intersection between North Atherton and Colonnade Way, Henry drove through a red light and collided with another vehicle causing it to become airborne and roll several times before the vehicle came to rest upside down in the parking lot of the Penn State Federal Credit Union.
A female passenger seat was ejected during the crash and suffered serious injuries including a broken neck, broken hip and pelvis and severe brush burn contusions on her legs. She was flown to Altoona Regional Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery.
Officers also located the heroin, over $7,000 in cash, a scale, an owe-sheet with writing from Henry's recent drug transactions, and several other items of drug paraphernalia in the purse where Henry had stored it.
Henry has four prior felony convictions involving drugs. He was on parole at the time of the offense and was driving the vehicle on a suspended license. Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler is expected to sentence Henry Jan. 28.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "This defendant's criminal voyage has ended. We will not tolerate drug dealers who venture into our community with hopes of easy money and fast getaways. If you are in the business of destroying lives with poison, we will catch you and you will pay."