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Bedford County Man Charged

State police in Bedford County have charged a Claysburg man with driving under the influence following a brief police chase last October in which a toddler was found in the front seat of the man’s vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers say Ronald Fink, 37, faces charges of DUI, reckless driving and child endangerment, as well as numerous traffic citations, according to online court documents.

Police say on the evening of October 17, 2021, a trooper spotted a vehicle, later identified as belonging to Fink, traveling along Sandy Run Road, in Broad Top Township.

Investigators say the vehicle matched the description of a suspect vehicle in an active domestic investigation, and thus, a traffic stop was initiated.

Police say the driver attempted to flee the traffic stop, and a brief pursuit ensued, which ended when the vehicle pulled over along Stone Row Road.

Investigators say when the trooper approached the vehicle, he observed a toddler sitting in the passenger seat, without a proper safety seat or seatbelt, as well as an adult woman sitting atop the center console.

Police say the driver, identified as Fink, was visibly intoxicated, with glassy and bloodshot eyes.

Investigators say Fink admitted to smoking marijuana approximately one hour prior to the incident.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fink was then taken into custody and transported to UPMC Bedford for a blood draw.

Authorities say the results of the blood draw determined that Fink had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system at the time of the traffic stop.

On Tuesday, Fink was arraigned to the Bedford County Prison on the aforementioned charges.

His bail has been set at $50,000, court dockets show, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 6.

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