Ride operator faces felony charge after alleged drug use at Warren County Fair

A Warren County Fair ride operator has been charged with a felony.

Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene announced Monday that detectives from the Warren County Drug Task Force have charged Thomas David Bradley, 27, of Toronto, Ohio, with causing or risking a catastrophe, a felony, as well as endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.

According to Greene’s release, “the charges were filed following a citizen complaint to Warren County Sheriff’s deputies that an amusement ride operator appeared to be under the influence of a substance.”

According to Greene, Bradley operated the merry go round while under the influence of a prescription medication and marijuana “to the degree that he could not care for himself or others.”

Bradley was taken to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office sub-station, the release states, and then to Warren General Hospital where he was admitted for drug overdose. Bradley was then released and arraigned before district justice Todd Woodin. He’s being held at the Warren County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Detectives were assisted by sheriff’s deputies and management of Bates Brothers Amusement Company, the release states.

Online court records indicate that Bradley’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.