Driver faces multiple charges after fleeing I-70 crash scene

A driver is facing multiple charges after authorities said they followed a trail of blood to find him following a crash.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded to Interstate 70 in Clark County on the report of a single-vehicle crash into a concrete barrier wall Tuesday morning.

The driver was not in the car when authorities arrived, so troopers followed a trail of blood and called in a Clark County Sheriff’s Office canine officer.

The canine officer started barking, and the driver was found hiding on the other side of the road in the embankment, authorities said.

The driver, who is from Florida, told troopers he didn’t have a driver’s license and got scared, said OSHP Sgt. Jason Cadle.

The man suffered a head wound and severe cuts to his hand. He was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Officials used multiple resources to find the driver, including aviation crews with heat flares, due to the volume of blood at the scene, Cadle said.

“Due to freezing temperatures, if we don’t find him there’s a good possibility he could have bled out and been fatigued. We probably would have ended up finding him when it thawed out,” Cadle said.

He is facing charges of inducing panic, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.

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