From Officer Katie Finley’s report:
“On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at approximately 1901 hours, Patrolman Renken and I responded to the back parking lot of Number One Lounge located at 5555 Ridge Road for report of a motor vehicle accident. Dispatch advised that the caller stated the female driver was not being cooperative and seemed intoxicated.
Upon arrival I spoke with Amanda Myers and asked her what happened. She stated she was backing up out of a parking space when Stanley Mckee was pulling into the parking lot and that he struck her vehicle as she was backing up.
Ptl. Renken was speaking with Stanley and then came over to speak with Amanda. I then went and spoke with Stanley, who stated he had already backed out of the parking lot but came to a complete stop before entering onto Westlake Ave. due to yielding to oncoming traffic. He stated that Amanda backed out of a parking space and when continuing to back up she struck the front end of his vehicle with her rear end. Stanley stated he could hear someone outside yelling at her to stop her vehicle when she was backing up.
Stanley stated that Amanda exited her vehicle and told him she would just give him $50. Stanley mentioned to her that a new headlight would cost more and they could just exchange information and handle it that way.
When Amanda started to become uncooperative and telling him he was the one pulling into the parking lot and struck her vehicle he decided it was a good idea to call police. He stated he could tell she had been drinking Amanda was slurring her speech and had an odor of alcohol coming from her person.”
Amanda Myers was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, BAC Test Refusal w/ Prior, and Physical Control. Under Ohio law, a ‘Physical Control’ charge is similar to an OVI charge in that it deals with vehicles and intoxication, with one major difference: Physical Control does not require that the vehicle have ever been driven or even started.
Myers pled not guilty to all three charges on February 12th, also filing a petition to be declared indigent and have an attorney appointed to defend her. The court granted Myers’ petition, declaring her indigent and – kind of hilariously – appointing Attorney Joseph O’Malley to represent her. O’Malley is the prosecutor Myers was referring to with her name-dropping, only he is no longer working in that capacity…
You see, O’Malley is best known for his 2013 “indefinite disbarment” after he was charged with nine violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct arising from his improper influencing of a judge and his August 2011 convictions in an Ohio federal court for misprision of a felony (with Dewitte-level excuses) and making a materially false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the federal government. Details at http://cutt.ly/disbarred
Although most people think of “indefinite disbarment” as, you know, indefinite… reality shows otherwise. A 2007 paper titled “Should Permanent Disbarment be Permanent?” published in The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics provides a good overview of the impermanence of permanent disbarment.
Its author found that “Five states mandate that all disbarments be treated as permanent. Eight states allow for disbarments to be permanent in some situations. In these states, when disbarment is not permanent, readmittance can either be applied for in seven years, five years, or at any time, depending on the jurisdiction. . . . The remaining 35 states and DC have no procedure for permanent disbarment.”
O’Malley’s 2013 disbarment generated a lot of press, but everyone on the planet seems to have missed the fact that he was reinstated in 2016. You heard it here first.
On 3/19/20 Myers case went to trial. Myers was found not guilty on the charges of OVI and ‘BAC refusal w/ prior,’ but was found guilty of reasonable control. It is not clear at this time what, if any, penalties she was subject to other than a $315 fee or fine. Clarifying records have been requested from the court and we inquired with Kelleys Island Police about whether this arrest impacted her job.
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