Man charged in wrong-way crash that injured trooper pleads not guilty, bond set at $50K

Michael Marchak appears in court on Sept. 13, 2019. (WBNS)

The man accused of driving the wrong way on I-71 and critically injuring a state highway patrol trooper appeared in court Friday.

A judge ordered Michael Marchak to be held on a $50,000 bond. In court Friday, he pled not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular assault and other charges.

The crash happened back in June in Morrow County. Around 2:40 a.m., June 27, Trooper Jason Phillips was dispatched on the report of a possibly impaired driver on Interstate 71.

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Phillips was traveling on I-71 northbound when he was struck head-on by a vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire. The crash left both Phillips and Marchak injured.

Authorities say Marchak was impaired at the time of the crash and had a suspended license.

The judge also ordered Marchak to get a drug assessment and stay away from Phillips.