AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Investigative Unit has cited an Akron bar for serving an underage girl who later crashed her car and was seriously injured in Bath Township.
Agents have issued six citations against The Dorm for underage violations.
The citations include: two charges of sale of intoxicating liquor to a person under 21, two charges of furnishing intoxicating liquor to a person under 21, one charge of sale of alcohol to an intoxicated person and one charge of furnishing alcohol to an intoxicated person.
Investigators have also forwarded their findings to the Akron City Prosecutor for possible criminal charges.
State troopers said Revere High School senior Macy Mruk, 18, was served alcohol at The Dorm before she crashed her Volkswagen Jetta into a tree and was thrown from the car on Bath Hills Boulevard on May 17.
The varsity cheerleader suffered a fractured skull and pelvis. Her mom, Diana, said Macy should be held accountable for her bad decision to drive drunk, but also thinks The Dorm is partly to blame.
Craig Morgan, Akron's deputy chief prosecutor, said the office is considering whether to bring criminal charges of sale or furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor of the first degree, against the operators of the bar.
"I did get a chance to speak to two of the investigators. We had a lengthy conversation in my office. Once their report is completed, they'll forward it over to me. We'll take our time, thoroughly review everything and make a decision," Morgan said.
The Dorm has been cited twice in the last five years for "sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21", including last September.
The Ohio Liquor Control Commission suspended the bar's liquor license for 12 days, but that penalty was waived when The Dorm agreed to pay an $1,800 fine.
The same violation and fine was imposed in 2008 when the bar was under different ownership.
John Campbell, agent in charge of the Ohio Investigative Unit in Akron, said the citations could lead to penalties against The Dorm.
"Those administrative penalties can go from a fine or a suspension up to and including revocation of their liquor license," explained Campbell.
Charges, including OVI, are pending in court against Mruk.
State troopers said her blood alcohol level was .235. In the state of Ohio, the legal limit for an underage driver is a BAC of 0.02. Drivers over the age of 21 must have a BAC less then 0.08.
NewsChannel5 contacted the office of James House, the owner of The Dorm, for comment and left a message with a woman who answered the phone. As of Friday afternoon, the phone call has not been returned.
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