More charges filed against Belfast woman who allegedly lost her temper at credit union

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Deanna Lenfest
Waldo County Jail
Deanna Lenfest

BELFAST, Maine — The Belfast mom whom police say came unglued while waiting in a credit union’s drive-through line on Saturday, Feb. 22 — allegedly pounding on the locked doors, yelling at tellers and trying to strike a police officer with her car — is facing more charges.

Deanna Lenfest, 34, had her 3-year-old child with her while she waited for the credit union to open last Saturday morning in order to get money to buy diapers, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department. Police say she got out of her car, walked to the teller’s window and yelled at the woman while interrupting another transaction.

Tellers called police, and when Officer Eric Kelley responded, video from his cruiser shows that Lenfest allegedly tried to hit him with her Chevrolet Cavalier, causing the officer to leap out of the way. She also hit the cruiser with her car before speeding away from the credit union.

Initially, police charged Lenfest with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, driving to endanger and refusing to submit to arrest. When the Waldo County district attorney’s office reviewed the footage taken from the police cruiser later this week, officials decided that Lenfest also should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

“The tellers were really frightened,” Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said Friday morning.

 

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