VAN WERT – Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach advised that deputies investigated an ATV crash in Pleasant Township on Thursday, Jan 17.

Riggenbach said his Office received a 911 call at 2:59 a.m. with the caller advising he and a friend were involved in an ATV crash.

The driver, James Mihm Sr., age 44, of Van Wert, and Richard Smith, age 52, also of Van Wert were traveling east in a 2019 Polaris Rancher XP through a field when they struck a ditch. The crash caused Smith to be ejected from the ATV. Smith was transported to Lutheran Hospital by Lutheran Air with suspected serious injuries. Mihm was apparently not injured.

Riggenbach said the crash remains under investigation, and charges could be filed at a later date.

Assisting the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert EMS and Lutheren Air.