Prosecutor: Driver involved in pursuit, crash that killed woman had meth in his system

Christopher McCleese (Franklin County Jail)

The man accused of leading Gahanna police in a chase and crash that killed a female passenger has been indicted.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against 38-year-old Christopher McCleese II.

The charges stem from the chase and crash that happened on Jan. 8. The pursuit began when police attempted to stop the vehicle being driven by McCleese.

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Police said McCleese was wanted for felonious assault stemming from a domestic incident on Jan. 3.

The pursuit lasted for four minutes before the vehicle crashed into a tree at the intersection of Clark State Road and Headley Road.

The passenger, 44-year-old Shannon Currier, was pronounced dead at the scene. McCleese attempted to flee but was captured shortly after.

Shannon Currier

“This man had a warrant for his arrest for felonious assault and had drugs in his system when he fled from police, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed his car into a tree, killing his female passenger,” O’Brien said.

The counts in McCleese’s indictment include felonious assault with repeat violent offender Specification, aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them - OVI, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed controlled substance or a listed metabolite of a controlled Substance - OVI.

“The indictment alleges in the OVI counts that at the time of the crash the defendant had a concentration of methamphetamine metabolite in his urine and/or blood,” O’Brien said.

McCleese is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 22.

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