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Man charged with vehicular assault, OVI in crash that injured former CBJ player and golfer

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Police dashcam showed the crash scene after a car was driven off the roadway and into a ditch in Dublin in June, 2018 (Courtesy: Dublin Police)

An Upper Arlington man who was driving during a crash that injured several people including a former Blue Jackets player and a professional golfer was charged Tuesday with three counts of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI for the June crash.

Prosecutors say David Crawford, 37, was driving on Muirfield Court in Dublin when the BMW went off the road and landed in the ditch. The residential neighborhood is near Muirfield Village Golf Club, and the crash happened on the evening of June 1st. Police found two passengers outside the vehicle in the grass, and a third passenger trapped. They say while Crawford refused treatment, he was "observed to have glassy eyes, slurred speech, and there was an odor of acohol." He was arrested at the scene.

The passengers were later identified as as former Columbus Blue Jackets player James Wisniewski, professional golfer Wiliam "Bud" Cauley, and Thomas Nichols.

Authorities say all three passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries that included a broken leg, broken ribs, head lacerations, and a collapsed lung. In a post to Instagram a couple of days after the crash, Cauley said he'd had surgery and that he was grateful to be alive.

Crawford's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office.


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