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Alcohol charges filed in connection with Jan. 31 crash

MEDINA TWP. — The Ohio Highway Patrol’s investigation into a Jan. 31 crash in which three teenagers were injured has led to a Brunswick resident being charged with allegedly providing alcohol to minors.

On Tuesday, Patrol reported the 19-year-old driver’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash in Medina Township was 0.107 percent. Ohio’s legal limit is 0.08 percent for someone of the legal drinking age of 21.

Brandon Boettcher, of 366 Crestway Oval, Brunswick, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies, and two counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor, first-degree misdemeanors, on Feb. 22. He remained in jail Tuesday on $50,000 bond. A jury trial is scheduled for April 27.

Aggravated vehicular assault carries a penalty of five years in prison.

Katelin M. Funderwhite, 22, of 874 Pepperwood Drive, Brunswick, pleaded not guilty to two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor in Medina Municipal Court on Monday. The charges are misdemeanors and carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Patrol said its investigation into the crash also revealed that a pipe found inside the car tested positive for marijuana residue.

According to the patrol, Boettcher was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier south on Plum Creek Parkway at about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 31, and failed to halt at a stop sign at Hamilton Road. The vehicle went off the south side of Hamilton, struck a utility pole head-on and came to rest on an embankment.

Boettcher and his passengers, Brunswick residents Skyler Ferguson and Erin Flynn, both 15, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

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