Ohio patrol dispatcher investigated after crash

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol is investigating whether an Ohio dispatcher properly responded when police called to report a reckless driver shortly before a fatal crash.

A Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAWTH’-ee) attorney was killed July 4 when a sport utility vehicle struck her vehicle on state Route 50. Charges are pending against the SUV driver, who had a high blood alcohol content at the time.

Before the crash, a Chillicothe police officer had alerted the patrol about an SUV speeding out of the city.

A patrol spokeswoman says the dispatcher who took the call did not send a trooper in response or forward the call to another agency for possible follow-up.

She says officials also are investigating an allegation that the employee violated policy and didn’t correctly log the call.

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