A Madison County bar and its owner are accused of serving alcohol to a man who allegedly drove drunk and caused a crash.

Evelyn Houston filed a lawsuit Oct. 9 against Scot A. Roper, individually and doing business as Roper's Regal Beagle. Regal Beagle Inc. and Timothy Raylor are also named as defendants.

Houston contends she was seriously hurt in a crash caused by Taylor on Oct. 19, 2013 on Godfrey Road. The woman alleges that prior to the crash, Taylor had been served alcohol to the point of intoxication at Roper's Regal Beagle and then allowed to leave the bar.

"While intoxicated and as a result thereof," according to the complaint, Taylor crashed his Ford Mustang into a Dodge Ram driven by Houston on state Route 255 near its intersection with Godfrey Road.

Houston accuses Taylor of negligence and accuses Roper's Regal Beagle and its owner of violating Illinois Dram Shop Act. She seeks more than $50,000 for medical expenses, pain and suffering plus court costs.

Attorney Francis J. Lynch, with Wolter, Beeman & Lynch in Springfield, represents Houston.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-1379.

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