Driver indicted for OVI crash that killed off-duty officer

Driver indicted for OVI crash that killed off-duty officer
Justin Watts (Photo: Clermont County Jail)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Clermont County grand jury indicted the suspected drunk driver that killed an off-duty Clearcreek officer in a head-on crash.

Justin M. Watts, 31, is facing two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of operation while under the influence.

Officer Jerrid Lee, 27, of Bethel, was on his way to work out at a gym before going into work when an eastbound 2006 GMC Envoy driven by Watts crossed the center lane on Ohio 125 and struck his westbound 1997 Honda Civic head-on, troopers said.

Jerrid Lee
Jerrid Lee

Lee was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on Ohio 125 near Lindale-Mount Holly Road in Amelia.

Police say Watts was impaired by drugs and it was a contributing factor to the crash.

Officer Lee is survived by his wife and young children," the Clearcreek Township Division of Police said in a statement.

Watt’s arraignment date has not yet been set.

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