Holiday weekend keeps state patrol busy

By Nathan Pilling npilling@civitasmedia.com

July 8, 2014

By Nathan Pilling


GREENE COUNTY — It was a busy weekend for the Xenia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Patrol officers dealt with a variety of incidents throughout the weekend. One particularly bad accident the patrol responded to has a motorcycle driver still in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The accident occurred on Thursday morning at the intersection of US State Routes 68 and 235 in Xenia Township.

According to Sgt. Andy Worcester of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post, Sue Arnett of Xenia failed to yield to Timothy Smith of Mechanicsburg, the driver of the motorcycle, and Smith collided with Arnett’s SUV. According to Worcester, Smith was not wearing a helmet.

One of the many alcohol-related incidents from the weekend saw Daniel Johnston of Medway charged with a DUI for an incident that occurred on State Route 4 near State Route 235 on Saturday night.

Worcester said Johnston struck a disabled truck on the side of the road before going through the median and was heading southbound in the northbound lane. Worcester said Johnston ended up hitting two other vehicles and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. A child was also hurt in the incident.

“With [Independence Day] being on Friday, a lot of people made it a Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night type ordeal,” Worcester said. “It was a little bit busier.”

According to Worcester, the Xenia Post handled 17 crashes over the four-day holiday weekend reporting period. The post also handled 16 DUI arrests, wrote close to 500 enforcement citations and 280 non-enforcement citations. In total about 800 cars were stopped by officers from the Xenia Post over the four days.

Worcester also said that the Xenia post made 117 seatbelt arrests.

“People continue to not wear their seatbelts … and still continue to drink,” he said. “Luckily for us we didn’t handle any fatal crashes.”