State College woman charged with child endangerment

Kristi Meter, 33, of State College, was arraigned Wednesday and charged with two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and unauthorized use of motor vehicles.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police, Meter was allegedly seen leaving the scene of a crash with her 6-year-old daughter on March 28. Police were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash with witnesses stating that a parked car had been hit by a second car and the driver had fled on foot.

The owner of the parked car stated that he had seen a woman and a child exit the second vehicle and enter a residence down the street, the complaint said. The officer met with Meter at her home, alleging she had a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

According to the officer, it appeared that the vehicle, owned by Meter’s boyfriend, had been traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, hit a parked car and two trees before coming to a stop with Meter and her daughter in the back seat. The driver fled the scene, and Meter would not identify the male, who she said she met on Craigslist that night.

Meter stated that both she and her daughter were fine, the complaint said, and would not let EMS check the daughter’s vital signs.

Police contacted Meter’s boyfriend in West Virginia, the complaint said, who stated that no one was authorized to use his vehicle and that Meter could not drive a vehicle unless it had an ignition interlock installed.

The complaint was filed by Ferguson Township police Tuesday, and Meter was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Horner. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 29.