Report: Driver in crash that killed 5 took drugs, alcohol

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A toxicology report says a driver had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit during a February wrong-way crash in southwest Ohio that killed five people, including himself.

State troopers say 61-year-old James Pohlabeln collided head-on with a car carrying four people on Interstate 75 in Dayton. Pohlabeln and the passengers in the other car all died.

A toxicology report says Pohlabeln, of Dayton, also tested positive for opioids and antidepressants.

Records show Pohlabeln’s license had been suspended after his vehicle hit a parked car. He was arrested two days before the fatal Feb. 13 crash on charges related to operating a vehicle while impaired.

Police records show Pohlabeln threated to kill himself in November after his brother died. His wife also filed for divorce in October.

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