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Man charged for ramming vehicle into house

By Rusty Marks, Staff writer

Charges have been filed against a Lincoln County man who allegedly slammed his SUV into a house on South Ruffner Road on Tuesday, setting both the vehicle and the house on fire.

Steven Allen Clay, 39, of Yawkey, was charged with burglary and felony destruction of property Wednesday afternoon, after being released from CAMC General Hospital.

According to Sgt. Tony Hazelett, of the Charleston Police Department, Clay allegedly forced his way into a home at 822 South Ruffner Road just before 8 p.m. Tuesday and assaulted the people who were in the house before going back outside and driving his Chevrolet Blazer repeatedly into the structure, police said. Hazelett said the occupants ran out the back door of the house.

Both the Blazer and the house caught on fire, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Another vehicle parked outside was also damaged by fire.

Clay and his mother, Sharon F. Jones, fled on foot after the Blazer caught fire, but were found by police a short distance away. 

Both were taken to CAMC General Hospital for injuries sustained during the multiple collisions with the house. Hazelett said Clay received injuries to his leg.

Jones remained under evaluation at the hospital Wednesday afternoon with head injuries.

Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger set Clay's bond at $100,000.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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