A Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy is facing drunk driving charges after police found he was involved in the Tuesday morning accident that sent a woman to the Intensive Care Unit.
Mahoning County Jail Corrections Officer Amos B. Case, 31, was charged Wednesday with first-degree misdemeanor drunk driving and failing to leave an assured clear distance between his truck and the car police said he rear-ended at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North Road and U.S. Route 422 in Niles.
Case is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Niles Municipal Court.
The woman in the car, Tracey Finney, 44, of Liberty, remained Wednesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, but she is expected to recover. Her son, Raymond, was in the car when the crash occurred.
“My mom’s car is totaled the trunk is now in the backseat and my mom she hit her head off the steering wheel and after that happened she was laying there and her eyes were wide open like she was dying,” Raymond Finney said.
He said his mother lost her short-term memory and does not remember the accident.
Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said Amos’ blood-alcohol content tested at 0.037, well below the legal limit of 0.08.
“They can file an ovi charge because of other indicators at the scene they gave him field sobriety tests they felt the officer smelled alcohol and they felt with their field sobriety test that he was impaired,” said Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell.
Greene said Amos has been on medical leave since June, and Amos reported the accident on Tuesday afternoon, which is department protocol. He said he does not plan to discipline Amos at this point.
“We are going to watch this closely and we will probably base what we do on the outcome of the Niles case,” Greene said.