Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday charged a 26-year-old Lawrence man with aggravated child endangerment after he was accused of driving a motorized cycle on the sidewalk of the Kansas River bridge Tuesday evening with a 6-year-old child standing on the center platform and not wearing a helmet.
“The officer indicated the vehicle was operated in a manner which posed a risk of the child falling from the vehicle near the railing of the bridge,” said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
The man, Darin Robert Curtiss, was initially cited and told he could not continue operating the vehicle, but he was later arrested when he was seen driving it again with the child in the same place a short time later on a nearby street. A judge set Curtiss’ bond at $2,500 on Tuesday on the felony charge and scheduled his next hearing for Tuesday. Curtiss was convicted after a plea in 2010 in connection with leaving the scene of an injury accident south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59.