Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, Delaware County Deputies Under Investigation After Man Dies


A multi-jurisdictional investigation was launched into Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers and deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office after a man was struck and killed in July.

According to the two agencies, “The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office have initiated a joint investigation into the actions taken by their officers when dealing with an alleged intoxicated driver.”

A report obtained by 10 Investigates News describes that a man, identified as Uriel Popoca, was stopped near Interstate 71 in Delaware County in connection with intoxication, and Delaware County deputies dropped him off at a Taco Bell restaurant along U.S. Route 36 just west of I-71 with instructions to call someone for a ride. The incident occurred on July 28.

Within about 12 minutes of deputies dropping Popoca off, police received 911 calls about an intoxicated person who left Taco Bell and was walking along U.S. 36.

Ten minutes after that, a driver from the Findlay area struck and killed Popoca.

Popoca’s cousin, Jose Popoca Bobadilla, said that his cousin was in the country illegally but had a wife and two daughters he was supporting in Mexico.

“He was a very honest person and a very worker person,” Bobadilla said.

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