MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The two teenagers charged with flipping a car in Morgantown following West Virginia University’s upset win over Oklahoma State last month are facing criminal charges along with disciplinary actions at their respective schools.
West Virginia University Police have arrested Kevin James Wheeler, 18, a WVU student from White Hall, Maryland and William Schwab, 18, of Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, who is a student at the University of South Carolina. They’re both charged with destruction of property.
Detectives said they received more than 40 tips during the investigation.
Corey Farris, WVU dean of students, said a lot of people wanted to see those responsible for the incident that was posted on YouTube punished for their actions.
“This is one of those incidents that crossed the line and the students said, ‘You’re not representing us.’ The community said, ‘You’re not representing us. Get out out and we’re going to tell on you,’” said Farris on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
A felony destruction of property conviction can come with a $2,500 fine and up to ten years in prison.
While the criminal cases continue, Farris said the University’s disciplinary process will begin for Wheeler in Morgantown. “There are two completely separate processes and, typically, the university process moves a little bit quicker than the court process,” he said.
At WVU, “If the student is found ‘not responsible,’ then the student walks away. If the evidence is there and the student is held accountable, then anything from, I’ll say, nothing, all the way up to expulsion from WVU is on the table,” said Farris.
Farris said he is working to notify South Carolina school officials about the allegations against Schwab.