According to accident reports filed with the Portsmouth police, Charles Adams, 29, of Richards Road in Portsmouth, was driving a 1994 Mazda Protege west by northwest Coles Boulevard at a high rate of speed at about 2:00 Wednesday morning.
Adams crossed the centerline halfway through the curve, lost control of the vehicle, veered right toward the curb and struck a traffic sign and utility pole. Witnesses reported seeing the car spin a complete 360 degrees, and seeing sparks fall from the utility pole and a fire beneath the vehicle.
Adams, along with two passengers, Clarence Adams, 34, of Sulphur Lick Road in West Portsmouth, and Amanda Tackett, 25, of 17th Street in Portsmouth, were all taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center by Life Ambulance and later transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
A spokesperson for Riverside Methodist Hospital said Clarence Adams was in good condition on Thursday, while Charles Adams and Amanda Tackett were in fair condition.
The driver, Charles Adams, had reportedly been operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and registered a 0.184 blood alcohol level. He also was operating the vehicle while under an active suspension. Adams was charged with suspension of license and driving while under the influence.
A warrant was requested for two counts of aggravated vehicular assault for the two passengers that police say were “seriously injured as a result of his actions.”
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.