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OSHP: Fatalities, impaired driving, drug arrests up this Thanksgiving holiday

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:57 PM

The number of fatal crashes and the fatalities resulting from them this 2017 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period are up compared to the same five-day period in 2016, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a prepared statement Monday. 

For the period from midnight Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 26: 

  •  16 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes (In 2016, 9 were killed in 9 fatal crashes) 
  •   7 were not wearing a safety belt 
  •   1 pedestrian was killed 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Area high school football coach killed in crash

Arrests for operating a vehicle while impaired, drug violations and seat belts also increased this year over 2016 

  •   542 drivers were arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired (a 15 percent increase this year over 2016) 
  •  294 drug arrests were made 
  • 1,541 seat belt violations were recorded 

"The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem," said Col. Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. "Motorists need to remember wearing a safety belt is the most important thing they can do to protect themselves during a crash." 

In the first 10 months of 2017, alcohol-involved fatal crashes have decreased by 15 percent. During the same time period, troopers made more than 23,000 arrests for driving while impaired, an 8 percent increase from 2016.

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Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

>> VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Pursuit through Piqua, Troy ends in crash, 2 arrests

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:06 AM

MUST SEE: Police chase in Troy caught on video

A pursuit that started in Piqua late Wednesday night reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to police.

The pursuit started just after 11 p.m. after an officer attempted a traffic stop on a suspected OVI driver, police said. 

>> News from the WHIO northern bureau

The suspect vehicle fled from police, reaching speeds of just over 100 mph. The vehicle hit stop sticks and crashed in Troy  at 11:24 p.m., 17 minutes after the pursuit started.

The driver, identified as Mark Lee Yount, 33, of Dayton, was arrested for OVI, tampering with evidence, trafficking in drugs, fleeing and eluding, and possession of a firearm under disability.

>> Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

The passenger, identified as Austin Lee Stahl, 21, of Piqua, is facing charges of tampering with evidence and fleeing and eluding.

Mark Yount

Austin Lee Stahl
No one was injured.

Driver backs into Dayton police cruiser 

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:51 AM

SCENE: Driver backs car into Dayton police cruiser

A driver was ticketed after backing their car into a Dayton police cruiser early Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Watervliet Avenue near Smithville Road. 

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A witness told our crew that a passenger got out of a black car and started walking away. The driver put the car in reverse and backed up in an attempt to get his passenger back in the car, but instead, backed up into the police cruiser.

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The officer was checked by medics on the scene. No injuries were reported.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:31 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 in the area of Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road, two crashes were reported just before 6:30 a.m. The first crash reportedly involved three vehicles, and the second involves four vehicles. Traffic is backed up in the area. No injuries have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.