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Deputy fined $20 for leaving drunk man at Taco Bell

The man tried to walk home from restaurant and was killed by a vehicle

Laura Arenschield
The Columbus Dispatch

DELAWARE, Ohio — One of two Delaware County deputies who dropped off an intoxicated Mexican immigrant at a Taco Bell last summer rather than charge the man with drunken driving was fined $20 yesterday for his role in the incident.

The immigrant, Uriel Juarez Popoca, 22, had been picked up along I-71 the night of July 28 by the two deputies and a State Highway Patrol trooper. After the deputies left him at the restaurant, Popoca tried to walk home, was hit by a car and killed.

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