Former continental professional David Clinger was jailed this week in Berks County Prison on charges of disorderly conduct, harassment, defiant trespass and resisting arrest. The 28 year old was arrested about 1 am on Monday after a disruption inside Toad Creek Bar, Topton, where it is alleged he touched a woman and was harassing patrons inside the bar. He is also alleged to have wrestled bar patron Kristi Lauback to the floor and fought with police when they tried to handcuff him.
Clinger rode for several big teams in the past, including Festina, US Postal Service and Domina Vacanze, and is a past winner of the First Union Invitational plus a stage of the Tour de Beauce. In 2000 he took five top fifteen stage placings in the Vuelta España and finished 71st overall.
He competed for the Webcor team last season but clashed with team management after he got a large facial tattoo. Clinger reportedly paid over $15, 000 to have the tattoo removed, but was eventually let go by the team.
Oley District Judge Victor M. Frederick IV jailed him on Monday in lieu of $5,000 bail. A hearing is expected shortly