Wildlife official observed people drinking before deadly Clermont County vehicle pursuit

WAYNE TWP., Ohio --  The driver and passengers involved in a fatal Clermont County crash were observed drinking before police engaged them in a pursuit.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wildlife Officer Jason Keller watched Jason Wright of Martinsville and Charles McMullen of Williamsburg, drinking alcohol and acting disorderly before leaving Stonelick Park in a 2005 Saturn Sunday around 7 p.m.

Keller and other officers then engaged the Saturn that Wright and McMullen were backseat passengers in, according to ODNR.

The pair died on State Route 727 about 7:15 p.m. Sunday after the car, driven by Paul Chisenhall, 36, lost control while cresting a hill.

The crash was the sixth double-fatal accident in the area just this year. Most of those deaths were due to speed.

"It's a hilly, curvy, winding road," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Wayne Price, "so if you're going to start traveling above the 45-mph speed limit, then absolutely speed becomes an issue just by the layout of the road itself."

Wright was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. Police say McMullen was wearing a seat belt.

Chisenhall, of Goshen, and a third passenger, Christina Singleton, 31, of Newport, Kentucky, remain hospitalized.

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