Woman who hit Austintown police car was driving drunk

Woman who hit Austintown police car was driving drunk

YOUNGSTOWN — The 22-year-old Girard woman accused of ramming her Cadillac into the rear end of an Austintown police car and severely injuring the officer was more than three times above the legal alcohol limit, city prosecutor said.

Adrien Foutz was video arraigned today in municipal court on a felony charge of aggravated vehicular assault.

Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly set bond at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 23.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said Foutz’s blood alcohol concentration taken after the crash on North Meridian Road at 1:06 a.m. Sunday registered .279 on a portable Breathalyzer. The legal limit is .08.

Macejko said misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle impaired, and failure to maintain assured clear distance were dismissed today against Foutz as a legal tactic because the charges are part of the aggravated vehicular assault charge.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Foutz slammed into a cruiser driven by Patrolman Ross J. Linert. He remains in critical condition at the Akron Children’s Hospital burn unit.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.

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