Shepherd University Police SUVs are in H Lot after an altercation with police on Saturday.

Additional details emerge after student arrests

(THE PICKET) – University police arrested two students on Saturday, Nov. 14 in H Lot after they displayed signs of public intoxication, fled from police officers and one suspect assaulted a police officer, according to court documents released by the university.

“We have nothing further to add to the statement (The Picket) received Monday,” Valerie Owens, executive director of university communications said in an email.

Two students were arrested and criminal complaints were filed with magistrate court in Charles Town, West Virginia, according to Owens.

Sean Weant, of Thurmont, Maryland, was charged with two counts of battery on a police officer, obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney set Weant’s bond at $3,000, which was posted on Nov. 16.

Evan Onestinghel, of Vienna, West Virginia, was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer.

Senseney set bond for Onestinghel at $1,000. Bond was also posted on Nov. 16.

According to court documents Weant, Onestinghel and several other students were attending the football game. Bystanders began complaining the group was intoxicated. When approached by law enforcement, the students were asked to leave.

Weant and Onestinghel began using loud profanity and inappropriate gestures towards the responding officers and then fled on foot.

“After falling, Mr. Weant attempted to crawl through the woods toward the intramural field. In an attempt to apprehend Mr. Weant, he became extremely combative, striking me in the left temple with his elbow,” according to Shepherd University Police Officer David Kelvington’s report. “The blow to my head temporarily inhibited my attempts to restrain him.”

Kelvington wrote that Weant began crawling through the woods, stood and began running away.

“Due to failure of radio communications, I decided at this time to disengage the pursuit to apprehend in an attempt to regain contact with backup officers,” Kelvington write.

Officers found Weant in H Lot being held down by an unknown subject and was arrested, according the criminal complaint.

An officer from Shepherdstown Police Department apprehended Onestinghel in H Lot.

“While handcuffed in the backseat of our police cruiser, the defendant Mr. Onestinghel (began) banging his head against the window and the partition dividing the front and back seats,” Kelvington wrote. “Mr. Onestinghel also attempted to kick out the back seat window.”

Shepherd University Police Chief John McAvoy declined to comment.

Todd Bowman is a staff writer for The Picket. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter @todd_bowman87.

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