Man faces felony charges for crash that injured professional golfer, former Blue Jacket

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An Upper Arlington man is facing felony charges after a crash that injured a former Columbus Blue Jackets player and a professional golfer.

The crash happened June 1, 2018 on the 5400 block of Muirfield Court.

An incident report says a black BMW driven by 37-year-old David Crawford crashed, injuring professional golfer Bud Cauley, former Blue Jackets player James Wisniewski, and Thomas Nichols.

According to a bill of information filed by the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Crawford is facing three counts of aggravated vehicular assault, all fourth-degree felonies. He is also charged with one count of OVI.

“A BMW left the roadway and was found heavily damaged resting in the ditch of a residential neighborhood,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Two male passengers were in the grass beside the vehicle, while another male passenger was trapped in the backseat.”

O’Brien said Crawford was found outside the car and refused medical treatment. She said police observed he had glassy eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

“Mr. Crawford was arrested at the scene,” O’Brien said. “His passengers were transported to Riverside Medical Center with serious in juries, including a broken leg, broken ribs, head lacerations, and a collapsed lung.”

An arraignment and change of plea hearing has been set for Crawford Thursday at 3 p.m.

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