Man indicted for crash – The man accused of driving the wrong way on I-71 and crashing head-on with Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Jason Phillips has been indicted.
Michael Marchak was indicted on multiple counts including two felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault, one felony count of receiving stolen property, one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while impaired, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension.
Around 2:40 a.m. on June 27, Trooper Jason Phillips was on his way to an impaired driver call on I-71 North in Morrow County. Phillips was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling the wrong way then both vehicles caught on fire.
Phillips was flown to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was taken to a hospital in Mansfield, also in critical condition. Both have since been discharged from the hospital.
A report said the driver, Michael Marchak, tested positive for meth. No alcohol was detected in his system.
OSHP said Marchak’s first court hearing is scheduled for September.
Man indicted for crash