Man drives into apartment, charged with child endangerment

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — A Point Pleasant man who reportedly crashed into an apartment complex in Gallipolis Friday with an infant child in the back of the vehicle, was charged with child endangerment and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Gallia County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene after receiving reports of a vehicle which had crashed into an apartment complex on Carmen Drive. The driver was reportedly identified as Danny Vanscoy, 36. Officers observed what was described in complaint records to be a “full-size truck partially inside an apartment.”

Officers approached the vehicle and described Vanscoy as having labored breathing. Officers observed an infant in the back seat. Complaints report the truck’s gear shift was still in the drive position and still running. Officers attempted to wake the driver initially but reportedly had trouble. They, then forced open the vehicle and while doing so, Vanscoy reportedly awoke.

Complaint paperwork says the officers asked Vanscoy to exit the vehicle but had to do so several times as he allegedly, apparently did not understand what was being asked. Vanscoy was asked to sit on the ground as his balance was reportedly unstable. Officers asked Vanscoy what he was doing and he reportedly said “not much.” Vanscoy supposedly had no memory of driving into the apartment.

Vanscoy consented to standard field sobriety tests. Vanscoy was placed under arrest and driven to see Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers for additional testing. Vanscoy reportedly admitted to using heroin earlier that day. He was eventually transported to the Gallia County Jail.

The child was unharmed during the incident in question.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright