Ohio police officers cited after man's death
Police say they found the 22-year-old intoxicated in his truck in an interstate median area
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Authorities in central Ohio say three law enforcement officers face charges in the death of an allegedly drunk man they dropped off at a Taco Bell.
Two Delaware County deputies and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper are cited for a misdemeanor count of failing to prevent an offense or apprehend an offender.
Police say they found the 22-year-old intoxicated in his truck in an interstate median area on July 28. They didn't think they could arrest him for driving while intoxicated because he wasn't driving when they found him.
Police say they took him to Taco Bell, thinking he would call for a ride. But he was hit fatally by a car while walking an hour later.
The Delaware County sheriff tells The Columbus Dispatch that the officers could have arrested the man.
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