Driver is charged in SR 82 crash
WARREN — A driver with a history of drunken driving was charged Thursday after a fiery crash Wednesday afternoon on state Route 82 near East Market Street.
The third-degree felony charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated was filed in Warren Municipal Court against Mark Meadows, 45, of state Route 303, Garrettsville. Meadows remains at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
According to court records, Meadows is expected to be arraigned May 5 before Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak.
Court records show Meadows on June 6, 2011, was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos to four years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of OVI, each with repeat offender specifications that call for a mandatory two-year prison term. The charges stemmed from a 2005 incident in Bazetta.
A news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol states Wednesday’s accident resulted in his 10th OVI violation, with court records showing Meadows’ offenses dating back to 1992.
Meadows was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup eastbound on state Route 82 when he slid off the left side of the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree around 3:30 p.m. The force of the impact caused Meadows to be trapped inside against the dash, according to Lt. James Williamson with the Howland Fire Department.
The front of the pickup initially ignited after impact, but a passerby with a fire extinguisher was able to put out the fire.
When the Howland Fire Department arrived, they called out the Warren Fire Department for help to free Meadows. Throughout the entire ordeal, Williamson said the driver was conscious and able to communicate.
Emergency responders were able to medicate Meadows in the vehicle while they worked to free him, the patrol said. He was then flown by helicopter to the hospital.