BLANCHESTER — A Blanchester woman faces several charges in the wake of the police department’s completed investigation into Monday’s multiple-vehicle crash on South Broadway Street.
According to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt, Meghan Mays, 31, of the 800 block of South Broadway, was driving a 2004 Saturn SUV and was traveling northbound. He said she was driving at an excessive rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle as she crossed the I&O railroad grade crossing near the Cherry Street intersection. It was initially believed that Mays then struck three other vehicles, but the investigation revealed that she actually struck four after losing control, he said.
“According to witnesses who were interviewed, Mays asked bystanders for a ride home after the crash and before police arrived, but no one agreed to give her a ride,” said Reinbolt.
“A check of Ohio BMV files revealed that Mays’ driver’s license is currently under suspension for failing to meet her child support payment obligations and she has several prior license suspensions, including suspensions for drug offenses,” Reinbolt said. “Mays has a lengthy criminal record.”
The vehicle Mays was driving was found to be owned by her passenger, Clifton Sanders Jr., 31, of Cincinnati, although the vehicle displayed the license plates of the person who previously owned the vehicle, according to Reinbolt.
Reinbolt said Mays has been charged with Reckless Operation, Display of Fictitious Tags and Driving Under a License Suspension. Sanders was charged with Wrongful Entrustment of a Motor Vehicle to a person with a suspended driver’s license.
Additional charges against Mays may be forthcoming once toxicology reports from the hospital are received, Reinbolt said.
Both individuals will answer the charges in Clinton County Municipal Court.