Report: Man who crashed head-on with trooper in Morrow County tested positive for meth

A wrong-way driver collided head-on with an OSHP cruiser on June 26, resulting in the vehicles catching on fire. (WBNS)

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio — Authorities say the man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 71 and crashed head-on with an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was under the influence of methamphetamine.

The initial report said Michael Marchak tested positive for meth and there was no alcohol in his system.

In the early morning hours of June 26, 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.

A Good Samaritan stopped to help after the crash and was also injured.

According to OHSP, further investigation determined the vehicle being driven by the wrong way driver is the same vehicle Phillips was dispatched to investigate.

Both Marchak and Phillips remain in stable, but critical condition. The Good Samaritan was treated and released.

According to the report, charges against Marchak are still pending as the investigation is still ongoing.

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