Woman accused of causing drunk-driving crash

WARREN — A Warren woman is in the Trumbull County Jail today without bond on charges that accuse her of driving drunk Thursday and crashing her car with five children inside.

Diane Nicole Rozier, 32, also is accused of trying to mislead police who responded to the crash near the Pit Stop gasoline station on Youngstown Road SE by not giving her true name, but rather the name of a relative, according to a police report.

Rozier, 1945 Hazelwood Ave SE, pleaded not guilty Friday in Warren Municipal Court to charges of child endangering, falsification, DUI, no driver’s license and right of way, court records show.

She is due back in court March 6.

Police on their way to a call on Woodbine Avenue SE just after 7 p.m. found a disabled Chevrolet Equinox in the road and a Chevrolet Trailblazer in the parking lot of the fueling station. Rozier, who was driving the Trailblazer, told police she was pulling into the lot and was hit, the report states.

Five children, ages 2 to 15, were in the vehicle, but none were hurt, the report states.

Police said Rozier smelled of alcohol and she admitted to having two drinks about an hour before the crash, the report states. She later tested for a blood alcohol level of 0.219. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

The driver of the Equinox, Shannon Stahl, 22, of Warren, was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital for treatment of injuries.

A traffic crash report states Stahl was traveling east on Youngstown Road SE and Rozier, who was traveling west, failed to yield and turned in front of Stahl, causing the crash to happen.

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