Jeep Splashes Into Great Miami River; Two Occupants Accused Of Trespassing

Posted On August 11, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Whitewater Township, Oh.) – Two people are safe but face trespassing charges after their Jeep wrecked into the Great Miami River Sunday evening.

James Arszman, of Colerain, and Matthew Howard, of Norwood, were off-roading in the 4800 block of East Miami River Road – just behind Watson Gravel – near Cleves when the Jeep slid off a trail and rolled several times. The vehicle went into the river water and became partially submerged just after 8:00 p.m., according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Arszman was able to get out of the Jeep and call 911, but could only provide a general location. Howard remained trapped inside as the vehicle remained in the water. Each of the two occupants managed to make it to shore before rescue crews located them, deputies said.

Howard was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with minor injuries. Arszman refused treatment at the scene.

Both men have been charged with trespassing.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the search of the accident scene by fire departments from Whitewater Township, Miami Township, Lawrenceburg, and Woodlawn.