Police: Parents were driving drunk with toddler when all 3 were thrown from ATV in Fayette
An 18-month-old boy was hospitalized Thursday afternoon because he fell from an all-terrain vehicle that his parents allegedly were driving drunk in a Fayette County parking lot.
State police said they were called to Pechin Beverage Distributor in Dunbar Township at 2:11 p.m. for a report of a man and woman, possibly intoxicated, riding an ATV with a small child.
When the trooper arrived, Eric Ritenour, 24, and Krystal Hall, 25, both of Dunbar, allegedly fled on the ATV with the child in tow into a field behind the Rural King store at Laurel Mall along Route 119.
Police said they struck ditches and debris, and all three were thrown from the ATV. The boy was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital, police said.
The child's condition was unavailable Thursday night.
A total of 18 criminal charges were filed against Hall and 17 against Ritenour. Both are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault and DUI. Both were arraigned before District Judge Mike Defino Jr. and lodged in Fayette County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Both suspects have had a history of criminal charges and citations.
Ritenour is on probation for two cases, including a drunken-driving charge stemming from a February 2014 incident in Uniontown, according to court records. He was sentenced in July to 30 days on electronic monitoring and six months of probation.
In May, he was sentenced to a year on probation on a 2012 drug possession charge and was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.
He has previously pleaded guilty to traffic citations in Fayette County, including for speeding, and non-traffic citations for hunting violations and disorderly conduct.
Hall completed requirements in 2014 of her six-month stint in a probationary program in connection with a 2012 case in which she was charged with acquisition by misrepresentation, drug possession and identity theft. She owes about $1,800 in costs and fees in that case, according to court records. A pretrial conference in Fayette County court is set for January in a separate acquisition by misrepresentation and forgery case stemming from an incident in April 2014.
Hall has pleaded guilty to citations for harassment, public drunkenness and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection.