Off-duty Licking County deputy charged with OVI after trying to help disabled vehicle

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LICKING COUNTY, Ohio — A Licking County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Barth Waldeck, is charged with OVI in connection to an incident that happened while he was off-duty.

That incident happened on Feb. 18 in the 6600 block of Brownsville Road SE around 11:15 p.m., according to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol that was filed in Licking County Municipal Court.

A man told troopers he was helping the owner of a Ford Fusion, whose vehicle was disabled on the road.

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The man saw a Dodge Durango drive by, stop and start backing up.

The Durango then hit the driver’s door of the Fusion and the man who had stopped to help the disabled vehicle, according to the report.

The report said the Durango also scraped the owner of the Fusion.

The trooper said Waldeck was driving the Durango at the time and the responding trooper said he saw Waldeck’s eyes were watery and bloodshot.

The trooper said Waldeck told him he stopped to see if the people needed help with the disabled vehicle.

Waldeck told the trooper the driver’s door of the Fusion was opened while he was backing up and he “unknowingly struck it."

He also had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the trooper.

While evaluating Waldeck, the trooper said Waldeck stumbled and was swaying.

He refused a breath test at the scene. He is charged with OVI and improper starting and backing.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said Waldeck is on administrative leave with pay while he gathers more information about what happened.

Thorp called this an “unfortunate incident.”

Thorp said Waldeck had been assigned to the Licking County Jobs and Family Services building.

He has been with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.

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