Man charged with injuring OSHP trooper in wrong-way crash pleads not guilty

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MORROW COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — The man charged with injuring an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper during a wrong-way crash in June pleaded not guilty to several charges in court Friday.  

Michael Marchak appeared in court in Morrow County on multiple charges, including aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle while under the influence. 

Investigators say Marchak was allegedly driving the wrong way in a stolen van when he collided head-on with OSHP Trooper Jason Phillips, who had been dispatched on reports of an impaired driver on I-71N near Mount Gilead. 

Troopers state Marchak tested positive for meth. 

Phillips is now resting at home but has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

Marchak’s bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered to stay away from Phillips and a bystander who was also injured.

He will appear in court for a pre-trial hearing at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24.

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