Ohio deputy fined $20 after drunk man hit by car


DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- One of the Ohio law enforcement officers accused of improperly dealing with an intoxicated man who was later hit and killed by a car has been fined $20 for his role.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/VEOMLV ) reports that 27-year-old Delaware County Deputy Christopher Hughes pleaded no contest Thursday to a minor-misdemeanor charge of failure to assist a law-enforcement officer.

Another deputy and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper were also charged with two misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty. They are standing trial.

Reports said the two deputies found Uriel Juarez Popoca drunk in his truck July 28. The deputies didn't arrest Popoca, nor did a highway patrol trooper. Instead they took him to a Taco Bell.

Later he was killed by a car while walking along a road.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com