BLANCHESTER — Blanchester Police say late Monday afternoon in the 100 block of S. Broadway Street a motorist lost control of a vehicle, struck a parked pickup truck, a parked sedan, went onto the sidewalk in front of a busy grocery store, crossed two lanes of traffic and struck a van parked on the opposite side of the street.
Preliminary investigation shows that Meghan Mays, 31, of Blanchester was driving a 2004 Saturn SUV northbound at a high rate of speed when she lost control, according to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt.
Mays, who denied being the driver, and a passenger in the car were taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital by ambulance, Reinbolt said. He added that Mays has prior convictions for drug possession, and her driver’s license is currently suspended.
An officer was sent to Clinton Memorial Hospital to obtain a blood sample from Mays, but she refused to provide one, police said.
Reinbolt said Mays is wanted by the Fairfield Police Department in Butler County on a warrant for contempt of court in a theft case, but the warrant is a “county of want” only warrant and could not be served to Mays in Clinton County.
“The downtown sidewalks are busy with pedestrians at mid-day, and such was the case yesterday,” said Reinbolt. “As Mays’ vehicle careened through its path, it went onto the sidewalk and came within feet of the front entrance to a busy grocery store where people were coming and going. It is only by the grace of God that some bystander was not seriously injured in this crash.
He said the investigation into the crash is ongoing and should be completed within a day.