Wildlife Officer Saw Disorderly Group Before Crash

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BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a chase and the crash that killed two people and seriously injured two others came after a wildlife officer spotted a disorderly group in a state park.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is leading the investigation, and troopers said earlier that alcohol and speed were apparent factors in the crash.

DNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle says that wildlife officer Jason Keller saw people consuming what appeared to be alcohol while acting disorderly Sunday evening at Stonelick State Park, east of Cincinnati. She said he called for assistance, but the vehicle sped off when officers tried to stop it.

Troopers say the driver lost control when his car crested a hill on Ohio Route 727. Two passengers died. The driver and another passenger were hospitalized.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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