PREBLE COUNTY — A man and woman are facing numerous charges stemming from a fiery, road rage crash in Preble County last year that originated at a party.
Thaddeus M. Brown, 20, and Taylor N. Daley, 21, both from the Gratis area, were indicted by a grand jury Monday and arrested following an extensive investigation into the Sept. 2020 crash, Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said in a media release Tuesday.
The incident happened Sept. 19, when deputies received a phone call from a woman, later identified as Megan Riley, saying she was in her car and was being chased by another vehicle.
“The victim eventually crashed on State Route 503 due to being chased and her vehicle caught fire. The victim suffered serious injuries, including burns to her body, as a result of the crash,” Simpson said in the release.
Deputies opened up a criminal investigation and found Riley had been at a gathering at a house just south of where the crash happened, and was chased by two people for several miles, Simpson said. During the investigation deputies obtained several search warrants including cell phones and social media sites, Simpson added.
Brown was indicted on 11 charges including felonious assault, aggravated vehicular assault, inciting violence and others. Brown faced an additional charge of endangering children, after detectives found a video during the investigation where he was driving and drinking liquor while a small child was in the back seat, Simpson said.
“So you have that aspect and you have an adult who is actively consuming alcohol, driving down the roadway with this,” Simpson told News Center 7′s John Bedell.
Daley was indicted on six assault charges including felonious assault and aggravated vehicular assault.
Daley post bail Wednesday afternoon and is out of jail. Brown remains booked in the Preble County Jail. His bail is set at $50,000.
Both Brown and Daley are awaiting their first court appearances.
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