Sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty

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A Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge of failing to control his vehicle after a crash that sent a mother to a hospital.

Amos B. Case, 31, pleaded guilty in Niles Municipal Court and was fined $150. He was originally charged with drunken driving after he told Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers he had two or three drinks before the crash.

Reports from the time, however, listed his blood-alcohol content at 0.037, well below the legal limit of 0.08.

Case rear-ended a car driven by Tracey Finney, 44, of Liberty, at about 1:30 a.m. on July 9.

Finney was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. Her son Raymond Finney, was in the car at the time and told WKBN his mother struck her head on the steering wheel during the crash.

Amos was on medical leave since June from the Mahoning County Sheriff’s department where he worked as a jail corrections.

Officers at the crash said Amos smelled like alcohol. Reports said Amos told them he had two or three drinks.

Reports said he was slow to respond to basic questions and had slurred speech. Officers noted Amos failed field sobriety tests. He swayed during tests, lost his balance, was unable to walk a straight line.

The report noted officers gave Amos a breathalyzer test about one hour after the crash.

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