By RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON —Police say alcohol and excessive speed are factors in a late-night accident that sent two young men to the hospital.
According to New Boston Police, Alexander Hamilton, 20, of Wheelersburg was driving a 2000 Chevy Blazer shortly after midnight Thursday at a high speed in the north lane of the 4300 block of Rhodes Avenue. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an unoccupied 1997 Nissan that was parked along the road. The Blazer bounced off the Nissan and rolled several times until it stopped in a yard across the street, at 4319 Rhodes Ave.
Hamilton and front-seat passenger Cameron McIntosh, 19, of Portsmouth, were both injured and transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Both were later transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
Witnesses reportedly told police at the scene they saw the Blazer was traveling 80- or 90-mph at the intersection of Gallia and Mabert, two miles before the site of the accident. McIntosh was questioned by New Boston Police officers, and confirmed they were probably driving about that fast before the crash.
Police said they believe alcohol was a factor. Preliminary blood tests show Hamilton had a blood-alcohol content of .256 percent. In Ohio, .08-percent is the legal limit.
Hamilton was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to appear today in the Portsmouth Municipal Court, if he is out of the hospital. If he is not out of the hospital, his case will likely be continued until he is able to appear.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or email@example.com.