MILLWOOD — A Brinkhaven man is in the Knox County Jail on a parole violation, and is also facing four charges from a two-car crash which occurred Monday afternoon.
Logan Hammons, 23, is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, hit skip, misdemeanor drug possession and assured clear distance ahead. Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Them, who investigated the crash, said Hammons refused to take a breath or urine test. It is Hammons’ second arrest on OVI in six years.
The crash happened on U.S. 62 at Millwood at 4:05 p.m. when Betty Hatfield, 67, Centerburg, who was driving north, slowed her pickup truck to make a right turn onto Hazel Dell Road. Hammons, coming from behind, slammed into the rear of the pickup with his old Dodge Daytona coupe, leaving about 60 feet of skid marks. Hammons fled the scene after the crash, but returned an hour later.
Hatfield’s husband, Lynn Hatfield, was riding his motorcycle ahead of his wife and heard the crash, which he described as a loud thud. Mrs. Hatfield was taken to Knox Community Hospital for treatment of a sore back. A passenger in the Hammons car, Amy Oyster, 38, Danville, was taken to KCH by the Danville squad with apparent minor injuries. She then went by her request to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for further treatment.
In another accident on U.S. 62 a short time earlier, a driver lost control of his van and crashed north of Martinsburg. Trooper Them, who also investigated this crash, said Martin Haslehurst, 44, Danville, lost control of the van, which went off the left side of the road, hit a culvert and overturned. Haslehurst was wearing his seat belt and was not injured, said Them, but he was charged with failure to control.