Drunk, injured biker found at home after fleeing crash

Cary Ashby • Aug 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Police and firefighters assisted the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol in searching for an injured motorcyclist who fled the scene of a local crash this weekend.

Troopers requested the use of the Norwalk Police Department canine unit at 1:35 a.m. Saturday. Police said the patrol was looking for the driver of the bike "who had fled the scene after a crash near 4935 (Ohio) 601."

The Norwalk Fire Department also assisted in the search. According to their report, firefighters used the thermal imager to search for the victim, starting about 1:40 a.m.

Police reported finding the driver, Daniel T. Gohlke, 58, of 5111 Tomahawk Drive, "a short distance away" from the crash site.

"He lives off Seminary Road. ... He lives in the area," said Sgt. Tony Myers, of the Norwalk post.

Myers said he heard from the investigating trooper that somehow a neighbor ended up at the crash site and told authorities he suspected Gohlke "was back at the house." It's unknown how the crash was reported.

"They caught him in the woods and transported him to the hospital," Myers said.

Officers were at the scene about one hour and 15 minutes.

Firefighters, who returned to the station after about one hour and 25 minutes, provided basic life support and assisted North Central EMS with patient packaging. Capt. Dan Hunt said the biker "messed up his leg," but his injuries weren't life threatening.

Troopers requested an ambulance respond to the scene at 12:56 a.m. North Central, Norwalk firefighters and Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Shupp responded.

"He had a leg injury. The (bike) peg went into his leg. He fled the scene before anyone arrived," Myers said.

Gohlke was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control.

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