Man arrested for OVI, escaped troopers, then struck and killed by semi in Fayette County

Ohio State Highway Patrol (WBNS-10TV)
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FAYETTE COUNTY - The Wilmington Post with the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened early Saturday morning in Fayette County.

It happened just after 3:20 a.m. on Interstate 71 near milepost 63.

After further investigation, Jonathan Richards, 31, of Hamilton was suspected of driving impaired.

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Richards was arrested for OVI and an outstanding warrant from the Butler County Sheriff's Office. During the arrest, he away pulled from troopers and ran into southbound traffic, according to OSHP.

Richards was then struck by a Freightliner semi.

I-71 southbound was closed for several hours and has since reopened.

The crash remains under investigation.

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