KIMBOLTON — A Byesville man remained hospitalized at Ohio Health’s Grant Medical Center in Columbus as the result of injuries suffered when the vehicle he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 Thursday night.
Marty Yoder, 20, was initially transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med in Cambridge, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was later flown by MedFlight to the Columbus hospital.
No additional information regarding his injuries or condition was available as of press time Friday.
Yoder reportedly bit a highway patrol trooper following the accident and authorities used a Taser to take him into custody prior to being transported to the hospital.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Rajwinder Dhaliwal, 32, of Alberta, Canada, was not injured during the accident reported at 9:21 p.m.
According to the highway patrol, Yoder was driving a 2006 Cadillac north on I-77 when he went off the right side of the roadway and through the median where it struck the southbound 2016 Freightliner operated by Dhaliwal.
The patrol reported troopers were en route to the area when the accident occurred after other motorists reported the Cadillac was being driven erratically on the highway. Callers reported a possible intoxicated motorist traveling north in the area of mile post 51 or 52 just prior to the accident.
Troopers later learned Yoder had passed out at a Southgate Parkway business after getting his ears pierced. He reportedly struck his head when he fell after passing out.
A crew from United Ambulance was dispatched to the Cambridge store, but Yoder reportedly declined medical treatment.
After the accident, Yoder was reportedly talking on his telephone when troopers arrived and locked the doors of the Cadillac keeping first responders at bay.
A patrol sergeant reported Yoder refused to obey commands to unlock the doors or exit the vehicle. Once authorities were able to get to the injured motorist, he reportedly bit a trooper and the Taser was used to take him into custody.
Yoder was transported to Southeastern Med with an escort of deputies.
The trooper, who was wearing gloves, was not seriously injured when he was bitten.
The Cadillac sustained extensive damage while moderate damage was reported to the truck.
First responders from the Liberty Community Volunteer Fire Department and sheriff’s deputies assisted at the scene near mile post 56 in northern Guernsey County.
The accident and subsequent events remained under investigation by the highway patrol’s Cambridge post.