GRATIS — Indictments have been brought against two suspects involved in a road rage incident that occurred last fall in Gratis.
Thaddeus Michael Brown, 20, and Taylor Nicole Daley, 21, both from Gratis, were indicted by a grand jury on Monday, June 7, and were arrested later that afternoon.
According to a release from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 19, 2020, then 19-year-old Megan Riley called the PCSO, telling dispatchers she was being chased in her vehicle by another vehicle.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s initial investigation showed Riley later crashed on S.R. 503 due to being chased, going off the right side of the road before her car overturned and caught fire. She suffered serious injuries, including burns to her body.
According to the release, the Dayton Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol investigated the crash and detectives from the PCSO began a criminal investigation into the incident.
During the investigation, it was determined that Riley had been at a gathering at a residence just south of where the crash had occurred. She left and was chased by Brown and Daley in a car for several miles until the crash occurred.
Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said in September that the PCSO became aware of photos and a video of Riley’s burning car from the scene of the crash circulating on social media. According to the release, several search warrants involved cell phones and social media sites.
Brown was indicted 11 charges, including felonious assault (two counts), aggravated vehicular assault (two counts), vehicular assault, aggravated assault, inciting to violence, endangering children and counts of complicity to offenses (three counts).
Brown’s charge of endangering children is the result of information discovered from a search warrant served on a phone belonging to Brown, according to the release. Detectives discovered a video where Brown was operating a vehicle and consuming liquor while a small child was unrestrained in the back seat.
Daley was indicted on six charges, including felonious assault (two counts), aggravated vehicular assault (two counts), vehicular assault and aggravated assault.
Daley posted bail, and Brown remains in the Preble County Jail as of Thursday pending initial appearances in Preble County Common Pleas Court.