25-year-old gets probation for ramming head into squad car

Published 10:11 am Friday, September 16, 2016

An Austin man who rammed his head into a police squad car and caused $1,570 in damages will serve probation.

Kenneth Durane Horne Jr., 25, was sentenced to five years probation Thursday in Mower County court for felony first-degree criminal damage to property.

He must also pay $1,706.66 in restitution and follow several conditions.

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At about 7:48 a.m. on May 17, police received a report of an intoxicated man, identified as Horne, on the sixth floor of Building B of Twin Towers.

Officers gave him a ride home, according to court records.

But then around 2:52 p.m., police responded again to the same floor and building. Police believed he was still intoxicated.

They learned Horne was on probation, and his probation agent said to put him in jail on a 72-hour hold. However, he cut his left forearm with a small pen knife and needed stitches before he could be booked into the jail.

As police walked him to the squad car, he ran at the car and rammed his head into an area of the squad car behind the rear door.

The damage is estimated at $1,570.