Austintown Bar Cited for Selling Beer Underage Patrons

An Austintown bar is facing penalties after a state investigation revealed they served two underage men alcohol who eventually crashed their car into a Niles police cruiser on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Ohio Investigative Unit said on Tuesday they cited the Split Level bar, 169 S. Four Mile Run Road, with two counts each of selling beer to an underage person and furnishing beer to an underage person.

Matthew Stein, 20, was charged with drunk driving, fleeing after a traffic crash and failing to control his vehicle. Two passengers were in the car with him when he crashed into the cruiser on McKees Lane, according to police.

Investigators said Stein’s blood-alcohol content measured at 0.177, more than double the legal limit for those older than 21 and more than eight times the legal limit for those between 18-20 years old.

The state Investigative Unit said they will present administrative charges to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission when the criminal case is completed. Penalties for the bar could include fines, suspension or revocation of the liquor permit.

A Niles officer was taken to St. Joseph Health Center with non-life threatening injuries following the crash. Niles police asked for the Investigative Unit to find how Stein and the passengers obtained the alcohol.

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