A Lewis Center man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle under the influence after he crashed a car in January.
Mark H. Holbrook, 47, was originally scheduled to stand trial in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and face two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth-degree felonies; one count of stopping after accident on public roads or highways, a fifth-degree felony and one count of driving under OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.
However, before the trial could begin, Holbrook reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
According to the agreement, Holbrook would plead guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. The remaining charges would be dismissed.
Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley accepted Holbrook’s plea at the hearing Tuesday morning and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for Aug. 7.
The charges stem from a Jan. 23, 2017 crash in the area of U.S. 23 and Meadow Park Avenue.
“On scene, law enforcement observed a white 2005 Nissan Maxima SL with heavy front end damage and deployed air bags,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Two of the three people in the car, a mother and child, had sustained serious injuries and were transported for medical care.”
Witnesses reported the other vehicle involved in the crash, a gray van, had fled the scene.
“Law enforcement located the 2008 Chevrolet van, and its driver, Mark Holbrook, a short time later at his residence,” O’Brien said.
Holbrook was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday awaiting his sentencing hearing.
Holbrook was indicted on Feb. 17 and arraigned on April 17.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.