CELINA, Ohio (WFFT) — Authorities in Ohio are investigating an incident involving a stolen trailer in the middle of the road that was on its side that had two horses in it Tuesday morning.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey says his office received a call shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday of a horse trailer that was in the middle of the road on Wabash Road near Skeels Road.
Deputies arrived and found the trailer on its side with two horses inside.
Investigators say the suspect didn't know how to use the ball hitch to lock in the trailer, which is what caused the trailer to unhook from the truck and crash.
Deputies say the trailer and horses were stolen from the Mercer County Fairgrounds.
The Sheriff’s Office says they received several tips throughout the day which resulted in an arrest.
Detectives were able to locate the suspect and he cooperated with the investigation.
Several other items were also stolen from the horse barn such as tack, saddle, race cart, wheels, horse shoes etc.
Sheriff Grey says the two horses involved in the crash died from their injuries.
Grey says a third horse was recovered during the incident and deputies are working to return it to its owner.
Police arrested 21-year-old John R. Eicher of Berne, Indiana for theft and he is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.
Eicher's bond is currently set at $100,000.