Occupants abandon vehicle that went over cliff

Norwalk man, son reportedly had been in vehicle found at bottom of ravine off Lovers Lane Road.
Cary Ashby
Jul 15, 2014


Authorities found the driver of a vehicle that went over a 30-foot cliff outside Norwalk on Friday about 12 hours after the crash.

The Norwalk Fire Department responded with the Huron County Sheriff's Office to the crash site, 1268 Lovers Lane Road, at 9:08 p.m.

"Upon arrival, (we) investigated and were informed that the occupants had exited the vehicle and had fled the scene," fire Capt. Brett Beers said in his report.

"(We) performed a search of the vehicle and the perimeter of the property, but could not locate them."

Deputies brought in a canine unit to search the area, but came up with negative results. With the sheriff's office handling the investigation, firefighters returned to the station at 9:45 p.m.

Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said deputies determined Melvin Peterson, 44, of Newton Street, was driving with his son on Lovers Lane Road when he went off the road and down the ravine.

"Then he fled on foot," the sheriff's spokesman said. "A neighbor saw him flee on foot.

"He was found about 12 hours later by Sgt. (Steve) Shupp," Patrick said. "When asked by deputies (about the crash), he claimed he was looking for his dog."

Peterson was charged with failure to yield and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"He had drug paraphernalia in the vehicle," Patrick said.



yee haa!!


...read the article, close yer eyes, den listen to the banjo "chase scene" music a'playin...

shovelhead's picture

Paraphernalia VS. DUI.....no brainer.


license will be suspended for 6 months, up to 5 years for paraphernalia conviction, even if not driving, or in, or even near a car..

shovelhead's picture

I had no idea. Damn. Pretty harsh stuff! (cough-cough!)


i had no idea either til my court appearance last september..


**puff**puff* ere oh dang ya dropped it ** Looks down** Wheeeeeeee


Doesn't take common sense to know that this is clearly a DUI...Left the scene...and not to mention he is drunnk every day....someone gotta drinking problem, guess explains where her truck went


He's been a piece of crap his whole life. Now his kid will be too!! Father of the year! Or maybe we can get lucky and he wins the Darwin Award!!


and it only took 12 hours to find him lol