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3 Ohio Officers Charged In Man's Death

September 17, 2012  | 

Two Delaware County deputies and a State Highway Patrol trooper are facing charges almost two months after they failed to arrest a drunken man who spoke little English and left him at a Taco Bell. Not long afterward, the man was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The charges, which are misdemeanors, were filed yesterday. The deputies and trooper were cited specifically from the Ohio Revised Code for failing "to prevent or halt the commission of an offense or to apprehend an offender, when it is in the law-enforcement officer's power to do so alone or with available assistance."

Deputies Derek Beggs, 29, and Christopher Hughes, 27, had found 22-year-old Uriel Juarez Popoca drunk in his truck in an I-71 median in Delaware County on July 28.

Read the full Columbus Dispatch story.

Comments (8)

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marshal @ 9/17/2012 5:06 PM

And people wonder why cops become jerks. There is nothing saying that an officer HAS to arrest a drunk driver especially one that isn't actually driving at the time. Depending on how drunk the guy was not arresting him and leaving him in a place with other people should have been fine and who is to say that they guy didn't go out and drink more before getting hit. Another example of the police trying to be nice and not arrest someone and they get screwed for that too. People wonder why cops always arrest or issue tickets her is a prime example as to why to arrest and not be nice to anyone.

Tom Ret @ 9/17/2012 7:55 PM

This is the first I've heard of such a law. They didn't have it in the state I worked in and in my mind for good reason. There is a domestic violence statute where arrest is mandated. Even then, if an officer failed to act upon probable cause and the victim was later injured, there was a possible civll but no criminal penalty.

[email protected] @ 9/17/2012 8:50 PM

Just read the story in the Dispatch and it states the manager of the Taco Bell placed "several" 911 calls but evidently didn't get a response from the local cops or the dispatch at 911 didn't follow through, which in my mind puts the accident in a different light. Guess you shouldn't give an inch and just bust everybody you can. Blues, stay safe & watch your six.

Morning Eagle @ 9/18/2012 1:40 AM

May be very politically incorrect to say this but given the man's Hispanic name and that he spoke little English, they may have believed him to be here illegally and didn't want to get in trouble with holder's DOJ and the DHS for violating his "civil rights." In any event it is ludicrous for prosecutors to put these officers through this and try to place the blame on them for the man's actions.

Doug M. @ 9/18/2012 8:54 AM

I can't believe the prosecutors had time waste on such a thing, not to mention the poor use of their discretion.

Marco @ 9/18/2012 9:47 AM

In Ohio that wording is the text from 2921.44(A)(2), Dereliction of Duty. This law was never intended to take discretion away from police officers. For the prosecutor's office to file charges is an abuse of power. I am assuming this will result in Ohio officers never being able to exercise police discretion again. I would also point out that it should also result in the arrest of most police chiefs, sheriffs and the commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol, for setting pursuit policies that force officers not to chase, and thus arrest violators.

Bob @ VA @ 9/19/2012 5:06 AM

What ever happened to personal responsibility? The drunk put himself in the position that got him killed. The drunk alone is responsible for the outcome. All the officers did was cut him a break. They did their duty. LEOs can't and shouldn't be babysitters for every irresponsible fool they encounter.

S.S @ 9/25/2012 11:02 AM

ok and I suppose they forced the alcohol down his mouth and intentionally got him drunk. Besides can anyone say how drunk was this person. Maybe he wasn't that drunk at the time, and could still walk and maintain his balance. The way the story plays out it seems like they just dumped him on the side of the taco bell or something. This is b.s. that they are putting the officers through this. It was this man's actions that got him killed, not the officers.

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