More charges for woman accused of causing accident that injured police chief

Accident injured eight people, including Middletown police chief

Rachel Harp, of 4206 Vannest Ave., was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Feb. 3, for a pretrial hearing on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to control and not assuring clear distance. That hearing has been continued to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

She faces several fresh charges related to the four-vehicle accident, including vehicular assault, two counts of endangering children, open flask, fleeing the scene, a seat belt violation and no child restraint. Of the 10 total charges brought against Harp, all are misdemeanors with the lone exception of vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony.

According to police reports, Harp was traveling north on University Boulevard at 6:10 p.m. when she drove her minivan across a grassy median and struck a southbound Dodge Durango. Harp’s minivan continued spinning and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Malibu sedan driven by Middletown police Chief Greg Schwarber, according to reports.

After hitting Schwarber’s unmarked city vehicle, the van traveled several hundred yards and struck a Saturn at the intersection of Logan Avenue, police said.

Harp is being held in the Middletown City Jail on $18,500 bond.

Contact this reporter at (513) 705-2871 or rgauthier@coxohio.com.

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