Springfield man jailed after crashing, confronting citizen, fighting with troopers

A 39-year-old Springfield man is in jail on charges accusing him of driving while intoxicated and fighting with state troopers after he crashed his truck, then again at a hospital, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

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Steven Toms was taken into custody the first time on West Possum Road after he hit a utility pole about 3:43 p.m. and was stopped from leaving the scene by a concerned citizen who had called the state patrol to report a reckless driver on South Yellow Springs Street.

The concerned citizen, who noticed a small child in Toms' truck, was able to prevent the man from getting away.

Troopers arrived and determined Toms was very intoxicated and irate. They tussled with him at the crash scene and tended to the 1-year-old child, who was properly restrained in a car seat. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Toms and the child were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where the child was released to his mother and Toms engaged in the second fight with troopers.

Toms was taken to the Clark County Jail from the fight, where he's being detained on charges of operating a vehicle impaired, failure to control, a seat belt violation, child endangerment, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, driving under license suspension and drug possession (marijuana).

A records check shows Toms, in 1998, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and attempted involuntary manslaughter stemming from an alcohol-related offense in Clark County.

He is scheduled to be in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday, according to the state patrol.

The concerned citizen, who was not identified by name, called 1-800-GRAB-DUI to lodge the initial complaint against the driver later identified as Toms, according to the state patrol.

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