Glenwood man faces child abuse charges after rollover accident
September 9, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs man who was arrested Sunday after his truck rolled down an embankment, injuring four children inside, was advised Tuesday of the charges against him.
John Pittenger, 50, is charged with felony child abuse, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, one count of vehicular assault, and one count of reckless driving.
Three of the kids suffered lacerations and bruises, and one suffered a broken jaw Sunday, when Pittenger’s Ford F-350 went off the right side of County Road 245, north of New Castle, and rolled once down a steep embankment. All of the children were under the age of 16, and three of them are Pittenger’s.
Defense attorney Lawson Wills requested that his client’s bond be set at $7,500 while the blood test to determine what Pittenger’s blood alcohol content was around the time of the accident, is pending.
“We need to see what the BAC is before we start jumping to conclusions,” Wills said. “Seventy-five hundred is a significant bond for a DUI charge.”
However, considering that Pittenger has two previous drinking and driving offenses on his record – a DWAI from 1997 and a DUI in 2006 – chief magistrate Lain Leoniak set bond at $15,000, saying that these are serious allegations.
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“I am troubled by the history of drinking and driving incidents on your record,” Leoniak said.
Leoniak said also that the court found “significant probable cause” to support the bond amount.
Pittenger is due back in court later this month.