Springfield man pleads guilty to OVI, child endangering after Friday crash

Springfield man pleads guilty to OVI, child endangering after Friday crash

A 39-year-old Springfield man was arraigned by video Monday morning in the Clark County Municipal Court on charges stemming from a Friday afternoon crash.

Steven Toms pleaded guilty to several charges including OVI, child endangering, resisting arrest, failure to control, seat belt, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under suspension and possession of marijuana, according to court records.

Clark County Municipal Court Judge Denise Moody released Toms from jail to go to a drug/alcohol rehab, which she said she will take into consideration at his sentencing scheduled at a later date. Toms must come back at his next court date with documents to prove he has been to the rehab, court records show.

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A single-vehicle crash was reported Friday afternoon on West Possum Road near Springfield-Xenia Road after a concerned citizen called around 3:45 p.m. about a reckless driver on South Yellow Springs Street, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“While the caller was on the phone, the reckless driver crashed into a utility pole on West Possum Road,” OSP said. “The concerned citizen noticed a small child in the crashed truck.”

Toms attempted to leave the scene after crashing, but the citizen was able to keep him from leaving. When troopers arrived, Toms “became irate” and it was determined he “was very intoxicated,” OSP said.

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Troopers attended to the one-year-old child, who was properly restrained in his car seat and only sustained minor injuries.

Toms was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center where he still fought with troopers, according to OSP. The child was also taken to SRMC and was release a short time later to his mother.

Toms was arrested and booked into to the Clark County Jail after being released from the hospital.

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