Greenfield bar cited, server charged with crime following fatal drunken-driving crash


The Indiana State Excise Police issued the following press release Thursday. For full coverage, see Friday’s Daily Reporter.

GREENFIELD – Indiana State Excise Police officers served an arrest warrant on a Greenfield bartender and cited the business where he works Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., Anthony Helsley, 22, of Greenfield was arrested by excise officers at Ro’s Bar &d Grill, 1514 N. State St., and preliminarily charged with two counts of sale of alcoholic beverages to intoxicated persons. He was also cited administratively on the preliminary charges of sales to intoxicated persons and violation of alcohol server criteria.

Ro’s Bar and Grill was cited administratively on the preliminary charges of sales to intoxicated persons, no employee permit, records of employee permit required, and server training requirements.

On the evening of April 2, 2017, a fatal single vehicle crash occurred at the 100 block of West County Road 300N. As a result of the crash, the driver, Scott Antony Wynn, 55, of Greenfield, died at the scene. The rear passenger, Mitchell C. Wadley, 25, of Fortville, was flown by air ambulance to St. Vincent hospital in Indianapolis, where he later died from his injuries.

Another passenger sustained minor injuries from the crash. Alcohol was determined to be a factor.

Shortly after learning of the incident from Hancock County’s Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT), excise officers began investigating and concluded the three subjects had just left Ro’s Bar and Grill when the crash occurred.

Officers determined Helsley was working that night and  continued serving them alcoholic beverages after they showed visible signs of intoxication. Officers also found that Helsley had never completed an alcohol server training program that is required of all servers by Indiana law.

Excise officers completed their investigation and turned it over to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office, which resulted in the arrest warrant for Helsley. He was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail.

The administrative violations will be turned over to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s prosecutor for review.

Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said, “The responsible service of alcohol is mandated by law. Persons licensed to serve alcohol are required to complete a server training program that includes lessons informing them as to signs of intoxication. It is imperative that all licensed owners and servers pay close attention to their patrons and ensure they stop serving those who show signs of becoming intoxicated.”