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A judge has ordered that Rodney A. Funk, 41, of Clinton, Ohio, remain in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $7,500 bond on charging papers alleging he blocked the entrance to a motocross event Saturday in Budds Creek, including when medical crews were trying to get to an injured person.
Maryland State Police arrested Funk on charges including disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and neglecting two teenage boys in his care.
Funk had been told he could not take part in the MX Sports motocross event, and he responded that morning by driving to the main entrance and using hydraulic equipment on his truck to put a metal truck box on the ground, according to charging papers filed by state police Trooper Michael Moore.
Funk refused a police command to load up the box and move the truck, charging papers allege, and he was being arrested when a medical emergency arose requiring that a state police helicopter fly someone to a hospital. Police asked Funk where the keys were for the truck, so they could move it and allow medical personnel to aid the injured person.
“Funk advised he wasn’t moving the truck, nor were we getting the keys to move it, [saying] ‘You can tear the truck up or even burn it to the ground, I’m not moving it,’” the trooper wrote in a statement of probable cause.
A tow truck crew eventually removed the box and the truck, court papers state, and the two teenagers were picked up by child services officials and taken to the police barrack, to make contact with their parents.