DeNapoli released on bond

Beth Sergent

February 24, 2014

POINT PLEASANT —A Point Pleasant man accused of two counts of attempted murder of a police officer has met the special conditions of his bond and been released to enter a rehabilitation facility.

Eugene J. DeNapoli, 26, Point Pleasant, recently appeared before Judge David W. Nibert with his attorney Rebecca Johnson to discuss bond reduction in his case. Nibert granted the request for bond reduction but with special stipulations.

DeNapoli’s bond was originally set at $100,000 and he has remained in the Western Regional Jail since his arrest in November. Judge Nibert reduced bond to $10,000 earlier this month but this reduction also included DeNapoli making arrangements for preadmission into a rehabilitation facility and DeNapoli executing a waiver of extradition. The court also ordered DeNapoli provide proof of preadmission to a rehabilitation treatment center and the waiver of extradition.

On Monday, papers filed in the office of Mason County Circuit Clerk Bill Withers showed DeNapoli filed proof of preadmission into a treatment facility in South Carolina and a voluntary waiver of extradition. He was to be released into the care and custody of his mother and immediately transported to the rehabilitation facility. As of Monday evening, DeNapoli was no longer listed as an inmate in the Western Regional Jail.

The rehabilitation facility is to communicate with the court’s probation officers during DeNapoli’s stay to monitor his progress. Upon DeNapoli’s completion of the program, he is to notify the Mason County Probation Department and travel directly from treatment to his probation officer. If DeNapoli fails to complete his treatment at the rehabilitation center, his bond may be revoked and he will be incarcerated in the Western Regional Jail to await his trial.

In January, DeNapoli 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.

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.