Mahoning deputy charged with drunken driving

Staff report


Mahoning County Sheriff’s Deputy Amos B. Case, 31, of Stiles Street Northwest, Warren, is scheduled to appear in Niles Municipal Court today on charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain an assured clear distance in an early-Tuesday traffic crash.

Police said Case was involved in a crash at the intersection of Youngstown Road and North Road at 1:22 a.m. that injured the driver of the other car, Tracy L. Finney, 44, of Tuttle Lane, Girard, sending her to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where she was in serious condition Wednesday.

Police said the pickup truck Case was driving rear-ended the car Finney was driving.

Finney’s adult son was her passenger, but he was not seriously hurt.

A Niles police officer said he smelled alcoholic beverages coming from Case and his vehicle when the officer walked up to the vehicle to talk to Case.

Case admitted to having two to three drinks and failed field sobriety tests, so he was taken to the Niles Police Department, where he was given a test that showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.037, less than half the legal limit for drunk driving.

Charges of DUI and failure to maintain an assured clear distance were filed against Case in Niles Municipal Court later Tuesday.

Case, who was hired as a deputy in 2007, was most recently assigned to work in the county jail and has been on medical leave since last month, said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.

The sheriff said he would await the outcome of the court proceedings before considering disciplinary action against Case.

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