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Deputies: Driver Hits Fernley Office, Tries to Punch Deputy

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Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Michael Shenkel Michael Shenkel

Lyon County deputies have arrested a Fernley man for hitting a building with a stolen truck, and then for trying to punch a deputy while being arrested.

Deputies say they were dispatched to the State Farm Office building at 79 Seventh Street just before 3pm Tuesday on the report of a vehicle that hit the building. Witnesses reported after the driver hit the building, he ran away from the scene.

While speaking to witnesses, deputies say 51-year-old Michael Shenkel returned to the crash scene, but when they tried to contact him, Shenkel tried to punch a deputy. After a brief struggle, Shenkel was taken into custody.

As deputies investigated the incident, deputies say Shenkel refused to provide any details about the incident.

Deputies eventually learned the truck was registered to another person in the Fernley area. The owner was summoned who stated Shenkel did not have permission to drive the truck. The resident went home to check on his house and then found damage to a fence where the truck was parked. Authorities also say he told them his house had also been burglarized.

Witnesses say Shenkel was driving west on Main Street when he hit a billboard on the side of the road, crashed through a fence and then into the back side of the State Farm Insurance building. The truck caused substantial damage to the building and to neighboring fences.

Shenkel was transported to the Lyon County Jail and booked on the following charges:

Possession of a Stolen Vehicle - Felony
Destruction of Property – Felony
Hit and Run – Misdemeanor
Assault on a Peace Office – Gross Misdemeanor
Resisting Arrest – Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving – Misdemeanor

Shenkel's bail was set at $ 25,500

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