A third-party arbitrator will decide whether a Delaware County deputy involved in a botched drunken-driving stop can have his job back.
The arbitration proceedings now are underway in Delaware County for Christopher Hughes.
The former deputy was fired after an internal affairs investigation revealed a neglect of duty and failure to act responsibly.
Last summer, deputies Christopher Hughes and Derek Beggs and Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Sean Carpenter responded to reports that Uriel Juarez-Popoca was driving drunk.
After finding his truck stuck on a highway barrier, they dropped the non-English speaking Juarez-Popoca off at a Taco Bell, rather than take him to jail.
Minutes later, Juarez-Popoca walked into traffic, where he was struck and killed by a driver.
All three law enforcement officials were charged with dereliction of duty.
While Beggs and Carpenter went to trial and were found guilty, Hughes pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor of failing to assist a law enforcement officer.
Hughes continues to be backed by the Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association.
Derek Beggs and Sean Carpenter were also fired from their positions. Both intend to appeal those terminations.
Officials told 10TV News that the arbitration could take days and that the arbitrator likely would not come to a decision for weeks or possibly months.
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