CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston teen already in jail on drug charges now faces allegations he used a pellet gun to shoot at vehicles in South Hills.
Clayton Deshon Matheney, 18, of Ravinia Road, was charged Tuesday with felony destruction of property.
He was arrested early Sunday after South Charleston Patrolman C.A. Boner saw him spinning his tires and speeding across the Southridge Walmart parking lot, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Boner approached the black Nissan Altima when it stopped at the nearby Exxon and noticed marijuana on the floor and seats. A further search turned up 25 Xanax pills and about 14 grams of marijuana.
A 15-year-old boy also was in the car and was released into his father's custody.
Officers also say Matheney tried to text people that he was being arrested. South Charleston officers obtained a search warrant for Matheney's home and found three pellet guns.
Meanwhile, 14 South Hills residents had reported damage to their vehicles over the Aug. 3 weekend, said Sgt. Tony Hazelett, Charleston assistant chief of detectives.
The damage appeared to be from a pellet gun, he said. Officers still were gathering information on the victims' vehicles, but so far the damage exceeded $2,500.
Matheney already was at South Central Regional Jail on the drug charges when detectives named him as a suspect. Hazelett said Boner was familiar with the reports of pellet gun shootings in South Hills and notified Charleston detectives.
"We wouldn't have had anything if it wasn't for that South Charleston officer taking initiative the way he did," Hazelett said.
The teen told Charleston detectives that Matheney was using marijuana, Xanax, and Klonopin while driving around and shooting at parked cars, according to a complaint filed by Charleston Detective D.S. Paxton. The teen said Matheney laughed after shooting the cars.
He said Matheney wouldn't let him shoot the pellet gun.
Matheney is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 cash-only bond.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.