(BLOOMFIELD) - Police are looking for a Bloomfield man who is accused of driving drunk, crashing his truck which caused injuries to a child passenger and for not telling the truth about what happened.
Joel Sternik is facing felony charge of neglect of a dependent and false informing.
According to the Greene County Daily World, the charges stem from an incident in April 12 when Greene County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the intersection of East Chapel and East Edwards roads in Solsberry after a report that a Dodge truck had crashed into an embankment.
When officers arrived there was no one in the truck. The truck belonged to another Bloomfield man who had let Sternik borrow the truck.
A witness told police that she saw a man holding a child who was screaming walking down the road. When the woman asked if they needed help she noticed the child had his front teeth knocked out and was bleeding. They then heard sirens and the man continued walking with the child. The woman asked the man if he was drunk and he told her he was.
Another witness called in about the walkers and a deputy found the two. The deputy reported the child had chipped upper teeth, scratches and a red stain on his shirt.
Sternik told police the child had been hit with a baseball bat. But police told Sternik that his identification was found at a crash scene. Police then called for an ambulance to check the child.
In May after meeting with police and Children Services, Sternik admitted to driving the vehicle. He told police he had hit a large pothole and the truck left the roadway and crashed into a ditch. He told police he had been drinking earlier in the day, but was not impaired when the crash occurred. A warrant was issued for Sternik's arrest Friday.
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