Deputy due in court on OVI

NILES – A Mahoning County sheriff’s deputy was cited for driving while impaired after being involved in a Tuesday morning crash that sent a woman to a local hospital.

Mahoning County Jail Corrections Officer Amos B. Case, 31, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Niles Municipal Court.

He was charged Wednesday with first-degree misdemeanor drunken driving and failing to leave an assured clear distance between his truck and the car police said he rear-ended around 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Youngstown Warren Road and North Road.

The woman in the car, Tracey Finney, is in the Intensive Care Unit at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Police said they immediately suspected Case had been drinking when they approached his vehicle at the crash scene and smelled alcohol, according to a Niles police report. Police reported that at that time Case was still behind the wheel in his vehicle.

When police asked Case if had been drinking alcohol, he stated yes but that he only had two or three drinks, the report states.

The report also states that Case’s speech was slurred, and he was slow to respond to basic questions.

Officers conducted a field sobriety test, and he was placed under arrest for OVI and transported to the Niles Police Department, the report states.

Police said Case blew a 0.037 during a Breathalyzer test, less than half the legal limit in Ohio, which is 0.08.