Man accused of smashing cars, house pleads not guilty

Published 7:01 am Sunday, August 23, 2015

An Austin man pleaded not guilty last week to smashing into a house and several cars.



Eric Hayes, 35, faces two counts of first-degree criminal damage to property and one count of second-degree DWI.

According to a court complaint, Hayes brought a 1997 Buick Park Avenue back to its owners at the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue Northeast at about 1:36 a.m. on Aug. 5.

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The victims told police Hayes had been drinking and borrowed the car to drive to Fairmont, where they thought he would buy methamphetamine. The victims had called Hayes to tell him they would report the car stolen if he didn’t return it.

That’s when Hayes allegedly “went nuts,” according to the victims. Hayes allegedly grew angry over the car and repeatedly smashed it into nearby cars and part of the house itself, according to the court complaint.

When police arrived, Hayes allegedly started to shout, take off his shirt and run toward officers. Hayes refused to listen to police commands, according to the court complaint, and was eventually shocked with a stun gun before he was arrested.

Two of the three vehicles Hayes hit were totaled and he also hit the gas main on the side of the victims’ house. Austin firefighters and Austin Utilities workers were called to the scene to replace the gas main and keep the area safe.