MOUNT VERNON — Eric Driscoll, 32, Mount Vernon, is in Grant Medical Center in stable condition after he was ejected from his car in a crash early Saturday morning. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Driscoll wrecked his 1999 Honda Civic on Wooster Road on a curve just north of Scott Road at 1:50 a.m.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Shore told the News he was in downtown Mount Vernon when he heard tires squealing behind him. He stopped and the car passed by; Shore attemped to stop it.
Driscoll drove up North Gay Street, circled a couple of blocks and then drove north on Wooster Road. Shore said the pursuit reached 100 mph. The car went off the right side of Wooster Road on the curve, crossed to the left side of the road and jumped a ditch. When it landed, it flipped end over end, twice. It hit a pine tree before stopping.
The College Township Fire Department called for a MedFlight helicopter, which landed on Wooster Road. Shore charged Driscoll with operating a vehcile while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding, and no seat belt.
A veteran Knox County Deputy Sheriff was injured in a crash involving his motorcycle and a car Sunday at 7:43 p.m.
Bill Watson was flown to Grant Medical Center by MedFlight helicopter. His condition was not available today.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Watson was westbound on U.S. 36 when a car driven by Robin Johnston, 43, Simmons Church Road, Centerburg, pulled from Updike Road, just east of Centerburg, onto U.S. 36 into the path of Watson’s motorcycle. The crash is still under investigation.