Accused driver in February fatal crash has bond revoked after recent arrest, more charges

By John Hamilton - [email protected]

WILMINGTON — A juvenile to be tried as an adult had his bond revoked after a recent arrest.

Clayton Ramsden, 17, of New Vienna, was arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle without a valid license, failing to comply, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest after a short foot pursuit on Oct. 28 in Wilmington, authorities said.

According to the Wilmington Police Department report, units saw Ramsden driving around Southridge Avenue. They attempted to pull Ramsden over, but he didn’t comply.

“He did not pull over and darted down a side street,” the report states.

He eventually came to a stop in the cul-de-sac on Crestview Avenue, fled on foot, and was later apprehended at the fairgrounds, police said.

According to another police report, it was discovered the vehicle was stolen from a 21-year-old Mount Orab female at the 500 block of Oakridge Drive.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Assistant Clinton County Prosecutor Danielle Sollars confirmed that a hearing had been held in Clinton County Juvenile Court over the recent charges and that Ramsden denied responsibility for the charges.

Ramsden was previously not in custody, having posted bond, but because of these new alleged offenses, Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck revoked Ramsden’s bond and had him remanded to custody.

The 17-year-old faces eight felony charges in relation to Feb. 18 crash that resulted in the death of his girlfriend, Wendy Brewer, age 20, and her 14-month-old daughter, Arialla.

Ramsden was charged indicted in Common Pleas Court in July on four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, and two counts of child endangerment.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) which investigated the crash, Ramsden was operating a Chevrolet Cavalier and was heading south on SR 134 when he attempted to pass a Chevrolet Equinox. The Cavalier then struck the Equinox from behind, went left of center, and struck head-on a northbound Buick Century, the OSHP reported.

The Cavalier then was struck by a second northbound vehicle, a Ford Taurus. The Cavalier caught fire and was completely engulfed, stated the OSHP.

Ramsden was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he initially was listed in critical condition.

He also faces charges of marijuana trafficking and marijuana possession in relation to an incident in March.

By John Hamilton

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Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574

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