The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfield Fire Department responded to a call regarding a rollover crash at exit 214 on Highway 34 around 6:45pm on Tuesday night. Deputies in the immediate area arrived within four minutes and were unable to locate the driver. The crash site was then cleared and the vehicle towed. Authorities contacted the vehicles owner who said that they had sold it several months ago but couldn’t remember who they sold it to.
Just over an hour later they received a call from a female saying that her uncle was the driver and was badly injured and in need of medical attention. Deputies and emergency personnel then returned to the site to continue the search with incident command established.
After searching the area for approximately three hours with infra-red aircraft the search was called off with the victim still not found. Early Wednesday morning just before 6am, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person in the lobby of the Lockridge Post Office, that’s when they located Charles Lahr Jr and established that he was the driver although he appeared to be uninjured. Lahr was arrested and charged with driving while suspended, failure to maintain control, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to transfer title and also failure to provide proof of insurance. Lahr was transported to the Jefferson County jail. (Photo courtesy of KTVO)