Truck accident leads to stolen vehicle discovery

GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County sheriff’s deputies encountered accounts of a truck that had crashed Tuesday into a ditch off Jackson Pike.

That’s when they later discovered the vehicle was stolen.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, deputies responded around 8 p.m. to a red truck that had run down an embankment across the Silver Screen VII Cinema. While en route, deputies were advised the occupants of the vehicles had fled. Deputies then received another call in which they believe one of the occupants have been assaulted and that a fight may have taken place. Deputies believe the truck was driven into the ditch from the parking lot of apartments on the south side of Jackson Pike where a struggle may have ensued.

Gallia 911 dispatch reports say one individual near the Body Barn on Jackson Pike was reportedly trying to find a ride from passersby and said that he had been attacked with a baseball bat.

“Deputies responded and located the vehicle,” Browning said. “They located one of the occupants out of the vehicle who may or may not have been the driver. That person was taken into custody and interviewed concerning the crash. The vehicle ended up being reported as a stolen vehicle out of Tipp City (Tippecanoe), Ohio.”

The vehicle has since been taken into custody and detective staff is following up with any information that can be found.

“We feel strongly that the incident is probably drug-related,” Browning said.

No paraphernalia was discovered at the time of the crash, but officers say the investigation is still ongoing. Information is being based on the few witnesses and information gathered from the truck’s registration at the time. Police believe there may potentially have been more than two individuals in the vehicle. The individual taken into custody was reportedly from the Dayton area and transported to Holzer Medical Center for treatment. It is unknown as to the state of the individual’s injuries.

The Dayton man was released after questioning. The case will be referred to the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office for review of potential charges.

As always, Browning asks people who may have further information to call the sheriff’s office on its tip line at 740 446-6555.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.