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Man charged in hit-skip that injured deputy

HANOVERTON — A Lisbon area man has been charged with an accident that injured a sheriff’s deputy, who was jogging along the edge of Spiedel Road on Sept. 30.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jason W. Bridge, 31, Beacon Light Road, Lisbon, was eastbound on Spiedel Road in Hanover Township at 7:12 p.m. when he went left of center and struck Sgt. Detective Steven Walker, who was jogging eastbound along the north side of the road.

After striking Walker in the elbow, Bridge continued on without stopping.

Then at 7:28 p.m., it was reported Bridge had failed to maintain control, went off the right side of the road and struck both a ditch and a group of trees near the intersection of Hoffee Road.

Bridge was not injured in the crashes and was cited with left of center, driving under OVI suspension, OVI, OVI refusal, hit skip and failure to control. Other charges are possible pending a review by the prosecutor’s office.

Because the OVI charge was a fourth offense, it was a felony charge and Bridge was bound over to the grand jury after appearing Thursday in county Municipal Court. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

According to Sheriff Brian McLaughlin, Walker was bruised but was not seriously injured from the collision. The report listed him as having minor injuries.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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