Police officer dies in traffic crash; other driver arrested

Published 01-29-2019

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BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say an SUV crossed the center line of an Ohio highway and collided with a car driven by an off-duty police officer who was killed in the head-on crash.

The State Highway Patrol says Officer Jerrid Lee of the Clearcreek Township Police Department died at the scene of the collision that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday on State Route 125 in Batavia Township

The patrol release says the SUV was driven by 31-year-old Justin Watts and drug impairment is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash. The release says Watts declined medical treatment.

Clerrmont County Municipal Court records show the Cincinnati man was arrested on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. Court records don't show an attorney for Watts.

The patrol says its investigation is continuing.

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