DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Two central Ohio sheriff's deputies and a state patrolman have pleaded not guilty to charges that they improperly dealt with an intoxicated man who was later hit and killed by a car.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UZevl3 ) reports that attorneys for the Delaware County deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper entered their pleas Wednesday. They are charged with being derelict in their duties, a misdemeanor.
Reports said deputies Derek Beggs and Christopher Hughes found Uriel Juarez Popoca drunk in his truck in a median on Interstate 71 July 28. The deputies didn't arrest Popoca, nor did trooper Sean Carpenter. Instead they took him to a Taco Bell and told him to call for a ride home.
Later he was killed by a car while walking along a road.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com