Many in the Rochester area know Pastor Britt Pledger for his advocacy for families of murder victims. Now Pledger is in jail as an alleged fugitive from justice.
A state trooper pulled Pledger over for speeding in Steuben County. When authorities ran his license, they found Pledger was wanted on a bench warrant in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, for failing to attend a court hearing regarding unpaid fines from a 2009 drunk driving conviction.
According to court records, Pledger had a blood alcohol level of more than .16 when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. He was also driving on a suspended license and charged with resisting arrest.
According to those court documents, Pledger, who had a previous DUI conviction in Pennsylvania in 2005, failed to pay more than $1,600 in fines and fees.
Pledger is the founder of the anti-violence movement "Stop Kill'n, Start Chill'n" in Rochester. He recently closed his church in northeast Rochester but in June, opened an office and church on West Avenue in the city.
The door to the church was locked Thursday. A message left on the office phone was not returned.
Pledger last year announced plans for a memorial park to city homicide victims. That lot on Remington Street remains vacant.
Pledger was being held without bail at the Steuben County Jail. He was expected to be transported to Monroe County, Pennsylvania to answer to the bench warrant there.