Pickup truck driver killed in Preble County crash is Darke County sheriff’s son


Chase Spencer, son of Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer, was killed Monday after a crash in Preble County.

The crash was reported around 7:40 p.m. on state Route 503 south of Gratis Jacksonburg Road, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

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Chase Spencer, 35, of West Elkton, was driving a 2016 GMC pickup truck south on state Route 503 when the truck went off the right side of the road. Spencer over-corrected, causing the truck to go off the left side of road and then hit a pole and tree, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was expected to perform an autopsy Tuesday.

He was the only occupant in the truck.

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Gratis EMS, Gratis Fire Department and West Elkton Gratis Twp. Fire Department responded to the crash.

Deputies and the Preble County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate.

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