A trial has been set for a Plain City man charged with aggravated vehicular assault for allegedly causing a crash in November that injured two people.
Matteo Joseph Clark, 24, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Thursday afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies; two counts of vehicular assault, fourth-degree felonies; and one count of operating vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Cory Goe told Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett Krueger that on Nov. 2 Clark was traveling south on Sawmill Parkway at speeds exceeding 60 mph when he rear-ended the vehicle in front of him. Goe said the vehicle Clark struck careened into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.
The occupants of the other vehicles, Ashlan Masterson and Jovany Chavez were both injured in the crash. Goe said Masterson received serious injuries and said Chavez received life-threatening injuries from the crash and is still recovering.
Goe said that Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers investigating the crash reported that Clark smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes after the crash. Clark reportedly told troopers that he had two beers that night and later said he had “two hours, three beers ago.”
Goe said Clark later submitted to a urine test which showed he had a blood alcohol level of .177, more than twice Ohio’s legal limit of .08.
Krueger accepted Clark’s not guilty plea and scheduled him to stand trial on April 25th.
Krueger also released Clark on a recognizance bond and said he faces a $10,000 fine if he violates his bond.
Additionally, a pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 27 at 4 p.m.
Krueger said Clark faces between one to five years in prison for the aggravated vehicular assault charges and a fine of up to $10,000.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.