Attorney Jonathan Fox has twice requested Mehl be removed from GPS monitor and house arrest saying there is a costly fee for the monitor and she has three children and a job.
“The OVI charge has been dismissed. There is no indication of alcohol involvement and Ms. Mehl voluntarily provided a urine sample that has been sent to a laboratory for analysis,” Fox said in the motion. “Counsel has been advised that the state has received the lab results. The State of Ohio has obtained a continuance of the grand jury in that matter and has until Sept. 14, 2021 to present the case to grand jury.”
According to Fox, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Phillips said he would not take a position regarding bond modification.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the Mehl case is expected to be presented to a grand jury next month and was continued to the next session of the grand jury “based upon the necessity for further investigation.”
Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster denied the bond modification the first time in May and again on July 22.
Last month a grand jury declined to indict a second woman charged in connection to the fatal crash.
Hortencia Garcia, 26, of Cincinnati was charged with tampering with evidence, a felony, for allegedly retrieving cash from a car after the crash and hiding it in her bra. She stopped because she knew the driver.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said Garcia should never have been charged.
Gmoser said the facts in the Garcia case did not support the charge because she had permission to retrieve items from the car.
“There was a failure of communication between the investigating officers on the case resulting in somebody being charged that should not have been,” Gmoser said.