Police: Belfast woman frustrated waiting for diaper money berates teller, tries to run down officer

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
Deanna Lenfest
Waldo County Jail
Deanna Lenfest

BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast woman who reportedly lost her cool after waiting for five minutes in Downeast Credit Union’s drive-through line Saturday morning was arrested after trying to use her car to strike the police officer who responded to the teller’s calls for help.

Deanna Lenfest, 34, of Belfast had her 3-year-old child with her in her car while she waited for the credit union to open at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the report from the Belfast Police Department. She needed money to buy diapers for her child, police said later.

“She got upset because they hadn’t gotten to her fast enough,” Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said Tuesday.

Lenfest allegedly got out of her car, walked up to the teller’s window, interrupting a transaction with a different customer, and began to yell at the teller. She then returned to her car, honked the horn repeatedly and “continued screaming so loudly the teller had to turn her speaker off,” Cunningham said.

Lenfest also reportedly went to the front locked door of the credit union and pounded on it, scaring the workers inside, he said

Frightened tellers reported the incident to police at 9:05 a.m. Saturday, and Officer Eric Kelley responded. Video taken by his cruiser camera appears to show that Lenfest tried to hit the officer with her Chevrolet Cavalier, causing him to leap out of the way. Then she struck the cruiser before driving away from the credit union and police. Kelley pursued her through town, and an officer located her a short time later on Miller Street.

Lenfest was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, driving to endanger and refusing to submit to arrest, and may be facing more charges in the future, police said.

The credit union has asked her to take her business elsewhere, according to Cunningham.

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