Officer witnessed drinking, open containers before deadly crash

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Authorities say an ODNR Wildlife officer observed a driver and passengers drinking before a deadly pursuit and crash on Sunday.

Driver Paul Chisenhall sped away from Officer Jason Keller in Clermont County after Keller spotted the group near Stonelick State Park littering and entering a car with what appeared to be open containers of alcohol, according to ODNR authorities.

Officials say Keller also reported the group was "acting disorderly" before getting into the car.

Keller reportedly called for backup and when uniformed officers attempted to stop the car, Chisenall fled a high speed. He then lost control and crashed into a tree.

The three officials involved in the pursuit reported they did not witness the crash and only realized the car had wrecked after cresting a hill.

Backseat passenger Jason Wright was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Charles McMullen, also in the backseat, was killed.

According to ODNR policy, a pursuit in only justified when the necessity of the apprehension outweighs the level of danger created by the pursuit. The incident is under investigation by state police.

Chisenhall and Christina Singleton were taken by air care to the hospital with serious injuries.

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