Warren woman pleads guilty to providing booze to underage driver

Warren woman pleads guilty to providing booze to underage driver who crashed into cop

Staff report


Amanda Riley, 25, of Sunnybrook Drive Southeast in Warren, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Austintown Area Court to one count of selling or furnishing beer to a person under 21.

She was fined $500 plus court costs for serving an underage driver who crashed into a Niles police car.

The Ohio Investigative Unit traced back from the March 17 accident on McKees Lane that injured Niles officer Daniel Myers and found that Matthew A. Stein, 20, of Vienna, had purchased alcohol from Riley at the Split Level tavern, 169 South Four Mile Run Road in Austintown prior to the crash.

Stein and two passengers, all under age, left the Split Level and crashed into Myers’ cruiser parked legally in the driveway of a business on McKees Lane. Stein suffered minor injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol charged Stein with operating a motor vehicle impaired, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to control. His blood-alcohol level was 0.177, more than double the legal limit of 0.08.

After the crash, Stein left the scene, and Niles police stopped him.

Riley’s case was heard in Austintown Area Court.

Now that the criminal case has been completed, an administrative case against the Split Level will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for its consideration, the Ohio Investigative Unit said in a news release.

In May, agents cited the bar with two counts each of sale of beer and furnishing beer to a person under 21. The commission has the authority to penalize the liquor permit by issuing penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocation of the permit.

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