POINT PLEASANT — Bond has been reduced in the case of a Point Pleasant man charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, though that bond has its stipulations.
Last week, Eugene J. Denapoli, 26, Point Pleasant, appeared before Judge David W. Nibert with his attorney Rebecca Johnson to discuss bond reduction in his case. The state was represented by Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson.
According to the Point Pleasant Police Department (PPPD), on Nov. 16, 2013, officers were called to a residence in the Park Drive addition for a domestic dispute and upon their arrival, Denapoli, fled the scene in a pickup truck. Officers attempted to stop Denapoli which lead to a pursuit.
As reported at the time of the alleged incident, a statement from the PPPD said Denapoli left Park Drive, drove to Sandhill Rd. in an attempt to elude officers but crashed in the curve just beyond the Mid-Ohio Valley Center. As officers approached Denapoli’s vehicle, he drove off again, this time heading back into town, nearly striking the officers, according to the PPPD.
Denapoli then ended up driving north on W.Va. 62 but was stopped near Fairground Rd. after he reportedly drove off the right side of the roadway and then spun out, hitting the guardrail. At this point, Denapoli allegedly rammed a Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy cruiser in an attempt to get away, according to law enforcement. At this point officers reported they had to forcibly remove Denapoli from his vehicle after he allegedly failed to comply with their commands to exit it.
Denapoli was transported to the Point Pleasant Police Department for booking and the intoximeter, where the results of a breath test were allegedly two times over the legal limit of .08.
Denapoli’s bond was set at $100,000 and he has remained in the Western Regional Jail since his arrest in November. Last week, Judge Nibert granted Denapoli’s motion to reduce bond to $10,000 but only if certain criteria were met. This criteria includes making arrangements for preadmission to rehabilitation with Denapoli executing a waiver of extradition. The court also ordered Denapoli provide proof of preadmission to rehabilitation and the waiver of extradition.
In January, Denaopli was indicted by a grand jury on the charges of attempted murder times two; fleeing in a vehicle while under the influence; destruction of property; reckless driving; obstructing an officer; domestic battery.
An officer with the PPPD also received a hand injury during the arrest of Denapoli, was treated at Pleasant Valley Hospital and released.