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Police find man passed out in car with child in back

He's also accused of fleeing police in October

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing charges after police allegedly found him passed out in his car Sunday morning with hypodermic needles in his possession and a child in the back seat.

And once he was in custody in Lehigh County, he was arraigned on charges that he ran from police in Northampton County last October.

Allentown police arrested Joseph S. Kish Jr. Sunday in the 900 block of Hamilton Street. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 22-year-old, setting bail at $25,000. District Judge Roy Manwaring, meanwhile, arraigned Kish Wednesday morning on an outstanding arrest warrant, setting bail in that case in $25,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to the 900 block of Hamilton Street shortly after 10 a.m. to conduct a welfare check on two people in a Mercury Grand Marquis. Police said Kish was sitting in the driver’s seat with his head slumped over and a small child in a car seat in the back, according to court records.

When Kish woke up, his eyes were dilated, he was very lethargic and he struggled to stand on his own, police said. A search turned up four yellow baggies stamped “top gear” in his pocket, according to court records.

Officers also allegedly found two eye glass cases filled with three glass smoking pipes, eight hypodermic needles and more baggies. Police also arrested the other man in the car.

Police charged Kish with child endangerment, driving under the influence and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

In October, Bethlehem police tried to stop Kish for broken brake lights. But when the officer turned on his lights and siren, Kish allegedly sped away on East Church Street in his Jeep Cherokee, according to court records.

Authorities said Kish ran his first of five stop signs at East Church and North New streets, where several people were waiting to cross the street. The high-speed chase moved along Spring and Conestoga streets and past Higbee Park. Police said Kish never once hit the brakes as he ran each stop sign.

Police eventually ended the chase over safety concerns. Authorities charged Kish with a felony count of fleeing police, a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment and 13 summary traffic offenses.

Kish is currently in Lehigh County Jail awaiting preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for June 5.

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