Eight Inmates Involved In Northwest Ohio Transportation Accident

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a two vehicle injury crash on SR 637 at the intersection of SR 613 approximately five miles north of Grover Hill, Ohio.

On July 27, 2015 at 0802 hours, a 2014 Chevrolet Impala driven by Mark Rolston, age 49, of Reed City, Michigan was northbound on SR 637 approaching the intersection of SR 613. Mr. Rolston failed to yield to a 2005 Chevrolet Express van, owned by the Paulding County Commissioners, and driven by Sergeant Chris Dilling, age 45, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Dilling was traveling westbound on SR 613 and was transporting eight inmates for the Paulding County Jail. Mr. Rolston’s vehicle struck the left side of the transport van, causing the transport van to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturn.

Mr. Rolston did not claim any injury. His vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed by R&O Towing. Mr. Rolston was cited for failing to yield.

Sergeant Dilling and five inmates were transported to the Paulding County Hospital where they were treated and released. Three other inmates did not claim injury and were transported to the Paulding County Jail. The transport van was towed by Gideon’s Towing and Recovery.

The inmates that were transported to the Paulding County Hospital were Christopher Franklin, Timmy Tucker, Benjamin Smith, Tomas Walters and Antonio Barajas Jr.

The inmates that did not claim injury and transported to the Paulding County Jail were Jessica Beane, Justin Kipker and Jon Foster.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Grover Hill and Paulding EMS, Gideon’s and R&O Towing.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation. Sergeant Dilling, Mr. Rolston, and Jessica Beane were reportedly wearing seat belts. The inmates in the back of the transport van were not wearing seat belts.

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