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6/25/09

Warrant issued to man who drove into Lubbock home

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department issued a warrant for the man they say drove into a Southwest Lubbock home Sunday morning, stopping just short of an infant's crib. Dustin Barnhill, 25, was charged with failure to stop and leave information. Police say Barnhill was behind the wheel when he and his passenger Emilibeth May plowed through a fence in the 2800 block of 88th Street, and into the bedroom of 8-month-old Jackson Thomas.

The Thomas family says they are just thankful they now have an answer. "We're relieved it's been a hard few days," says Beena Thomas.

Thursday, they began to pick up the pieces of what police say Barnhill did to their home. Police located Barnhill's 1999 Tan Chevy Tahoe Wednesday and they say it's that vehicle that caused nearly $55,000 worth of damage to the house.

"We were actively searching for him and his attorney called and has made arrangements," says Lt. Neal Barron with the Lubbock Police Department. Barnhill is charged with failure to stop and leave information, a Class B misdemeanor. Lt. Barron says that if anyone had been injured Barnhill would face felony charges.

"If that's all that happens it happens. He's caught and that's the main thing. If more had happened, we would've pushed for everything," says Beena Thomas.

Lt. Barron says if alcohol played a role, it would be difficult to challenge. "It will be difficult because of all the time that's lapsed. We will rely on information from witnesses and if anyone saw him driving the vehicle," says Barron.

Thomas says Sunday's accident should serve as a constant reminder, to make the most of each day. "I can't imagine if anything else had happened, what we would be doing right now. We just try to take it one day at a time," says Thomas.

Barnhill faces up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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