BOTKINS — A Fort Loramie man has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation and failure to stop for a stop sign following a two-vehicle crash in the village Sunday evening. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which occurred on South Main and East South streets.
At approximately 7:46 p.m. Sunday, March 19, the Botkins Police Department was in pursuit of a four-door blue Kia Vue sports utility vehicle northbound on South Main Street near East South Street. The Kia driver, later identified as Michael S. Hunter, 57, of Fort Loramie, was reported as being OVI and operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed.
A red Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Robert P. McReynolds, 35, of Anna, was stopped northbound at the intersection. Hunter failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection, lost control and rear ended the pickup truck. The Kia overturned and came to rest off the west edge of the street on its top.
Hunter, who was charged by the OHP, was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by Anna Rescue. McReynolds and his passenger, David D. Littlefield, 50, of Anna, were transported by Anna Rescue to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Anna Rescue, Botkins Fire department, Meyers Towing Service and Ross Towing Service assisted at the scene.
The Botkins Police Department is investigating traffic charges for fleeing and eluding pending a prosecutor review with the Sidney Municipal Court prosecutor.