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Pa. man charged with providing teen alcohol

July 20, 2000

Pa. man charged with providing teen alcohol



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Scotland, Pa., man with furnishing alcohol to a teenager who was later killed in a car accident.

Police charged Chad Edward Vaughn, 23, address unavailable, with three counts of furnishing intoxicants to minors. The affidavit of probable cause alleged that he bought alcohol for Timothy Scott Reed, 18, of Chambersburg, and two other underage men on April 21.

Reed was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Friday, April 21, along Pa. 997. Police said he was driving about a mile north of Letterkenny Road when his car ran off the road went into a field and struck several trees.

Police said the accident probably happened at about 9:30 p.m., but was not discovered until about midnight. Reed was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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The affidavit of probable cause alleged Reed's blood alcohol content was 0.2 percent, twice the legal limit for intoxication in Pennsylvania.

The affidavit said a relative of Reed told police they should contact two of his friends, Matthew L. Myers, 19, of Fayetteville, Pa., and Matthew E. Melius, 19, of Greencastle, Pa. Both were interviewed by police and said they were at Myers home on McCLays Mill Road in Lurgan Township prior to the accident.

Both said Vaughn was also at the house and all four drove to a liquor store on U.S. 30 where Vaughn allegedly purchased a bottle of rum and a bottle of whiskey, the affidavit said. They pooled their money to buy the liquor, according to police.

Vaughn was interviewed by police on July 11. "He stated that he did purchase alcohol ... at the liquor store," on the day of the accident, the affidavit said.

Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a third-degree misdemeanor under Pennsylvania State Law. On conviction a person can be sentenced to up to a year in prison and pay a mandatory fine of $1,000.

While charges have been filed, District Justice John Weyman's office said Thursday that Vaughn has not yet been arraigned.

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