Crime

Prison term set for drug dealer caught in State College area car chase

A Mill Hall man will spend five years in state prison for leading police on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he crashed his vehicle and severely injured a passenger following an alleged drug deal.

Stacy Fanelle Henry, 38, was sentenced Tuesday to serve five to 10 years in state prison for possession with intent to deliver heroin and for charges stemming from the police pursuit and crash in Patton Township. He was given an additional 17 months for violating the terms of his parole, prosecutors said.

A Centre County jury found Henry guilty earlier this month on three felony counts and several misdemeanor and summary charges.

Henry led police on a brief pursuit May 2 on North Atherton Street and Colonnade Way that ended when he crashed his vehicle. A passenger was ejected from the vehicle and suffered a broken neck, spine and pelvis.

Police said at the time that Henry was being investigated for selling large amounts of heroin in the area.

On the day of the crash, police were following Henry’s vehicle from a home outside Bellefonte after conducting a controlled buy. They said Henry noticed police and began to drive aggressively, at one point traveling through a red light.

A traffic stop followed, and Henry sped off again before crashing his vehicle in the Penn State Federal Credit Union parking lot.

Prosecutors said Henry has five prior felony drug convictions dating back to 1994. He was on parole at the time of the latest incident, and he was driving with a suspended license.

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