Crash results in felony charges against driver

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A local man has been indicted following a traffic crash that injured him and a friend.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Brian Michael Spaulding, 21, of 688 Wagon Wheel Lane, Marysville. Spaulding is charged with one count of aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.
According to court documents, about 7:58 a.m., March 25, Spaulding was driving a 1997 Honda Civic in the 22000 black of Bear Swamp Road in Liberty Township. Spaulding’s car went off the right side of the road and into ditch. The vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest in a field.
Spaulding was taken to Memorial Hospital and later transferred by MedFlight to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The passenger in the vehicle, Setimio J. Signoracci, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. He was flown from the scene by a MedFlight helicopter to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition to alcohol, investigators believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
If convicted, Spaulding could face more than five years in prison.
– James Joseph Gleason, 51, of Richwood. Gleason is charged with two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them. According to court documents, on April 28, Gleason was arrested with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.17, more than twice the legal limit. Gleason has four prior convictions for driving under the influence. While the offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor, after a conviction, future allegations can be charged as felonies with the level increasing with the number of prior convictions.
If convicted on the most recent charge, Gleason could face more than five years in prison.
“People who are impaired put all of us on the road at risk,” Phillips said.
The prosecutor added that someone with four prior convictions “should not be allowed to drive.”
“We will be seeking the revocation of his license for a significant amount of time, if not permanently,” Phillips said.
– Codefendants Katie M. Hale, Allison Paige Hale and Gina M. Tripp.
Allison Hale, 30, of 322 W. Ninth St., Marysville, is charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs.
Katie M. Hale, 32, of Russells Point, and Gina M. Tripp, 57, of 11 W. Blagrove St., Richwood, are each charged with one count of trafficking in drugs.
Phillips said that a probation officer determined the Hales and Tripp were trading prescription drugs and suboxone among themselves. If convicted on all charges, Tripp and Katie Hale could each face as many as 12 months in prison while Allison Hale could face as many as 24 months in prison.
– Amber Lynn Brand, 25, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Brand is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, stemming from an incident June 30, involving amphetamines. If convicted, Brand could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Jeremy Dallas Slone, 35, of 10897 Industrial Parkway. Slone is charged with one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana and tampering with evidence. According to court documents, between March 9 and April 16, Slone was allegedly growing marijuana at an 10897 Industrial Parkway farm. If convicted on both counts, Slone could face as many as 10 years in prison.



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