Suspected drunken driver hits DOT pickup head-on

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An ODOT worker was inside his truck parked inside an area that was marked closed late Tuesday when this car struck his truck head-on. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

MARLBORO TWP.  A suspected drunken driver struck an Ohio Department of Transportation pickup truck head-on late Tuesday night on a closed section of state Route 619, injuring the driver and a state worker in the vehicle.

Both men suffered minor injuries. Township emergency medical services took them to a local hospital.

ODOT employee Robert L. Custar, 54, of Alliance, had closed the road just east of state Route 44 at 11:10 p.m. due to a downed utility pole and wires on the road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

He was inside a 2019 Ford F-250 with its emergency lights flashing and facing west inside the closed portion of the road, which was marked by an ODOT road closure sign and signal flares.

Craig A. Wells, 39, of Alliance, drove through the road closure sign and struck Custar’s truck head-on with his 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, the patrol said.https://4530c8347eb5bb9a0ddaca28852e8238.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Wells is accused of being impaired by alcohol and drugs and having a loaded handgun in the car, according to a news release.

He is charged with possession of a loaded firearm, failure to maintain assured clear distance, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and felony OVI, his fourth OVI arrest within the past 10 years, the patrol said.

The road was reopened about 1:30 a.m., dispatchers said. https://www.cantonrep.com/story/news/2021/02/10/suspected-drunken-driver-hits-odot-truck-stark-county-two-men-injured/4466125001/

Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or lori.steineck@cantonrep.com.

An ODOT worker was inside his truck parked inside an area that was marked closed late Tuesday when this car struck his truck head-on. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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