Ohio State Highway Patrol car

ASHLAND COUNTY -- A 38-year-old Ashland man was arrested after crashing his pickup truck Friday on U.S. 42 in Jackson Township, according to the Ashland Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The driver, identified as Mark Lachendro, was involved a single-vehicle, rollover crash near Ohio 302, troopers said.

When troopers got the scene, they found a red 1997 Ford F-150 on its roof. Prior to the crash, the truck was southbound on U.S. 42 when it traveled off the left side of the road, striking a utility pole before overturning and coming to rest on its top, the patrol said.

Witnesses to the crash told troopers the driver fled the scene on foot into a nearby wooded area. There were no other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash, the patrol said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation unit responded to assist in the search for the fleeing driver. Troopers and deputies with the Ashland County Sherriff’s Office set up a ground perimeter in the last known location the driver was seen.

With the assistance of multiple Ashland County Deputies and their K9, ground units were able to narrow down the search area to a dense area of brush.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation unit was able to locate the suspect lying down in the thick brush.

Troopers and deputies converged on the area and took Lachendro into custody without further incident. He was transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Charges for Lachendro are pending and the crash remains under investigation, according to troopers. Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash, they said.

Troopers were also assisted by Polk/Jackson Fire & EMS and World Truck Towing.

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