Protect and Serve? Drunk Man Ran Over by Car Minutes After Being Dropped at Taco Bell by Police
There is a reason why the old stereotype of police cars gathered at doughnut shops still holds so much sway after all these years. There are lazy cops, many of whom would rather shoot a suspect than fight him or chase him. Still others, it seems, would much rather drop a drunk man off at Taco-Bell than drop him at home, or take him to the police station, where they’d be forced to do the required paperwork.
The State Highway Patrol and the Delaware County sheriff’s office are investigating an incident where deputies dropped an intoxicated man, 22 year old Uriel Juarez Popoca, at a Taco Bell. Popoca was later killed on July 28 while walking west on the Rt. 36 bridge over Alum Creek in Delaware County.
The Columbus Dispatch reports:
Authorities received six 911 calls after 9 p.m. about a man driving erratically on I-71 in Delaware County.
Two deputies found Popoca in his vehicle about 9:19 p.m. in the median near the Rts. 36/37 exit. A Highway Patrol trooper also arrived, and found that Popoca already had been handcuffed by deputies.
At 9:32 p.m., the deputies took Popoca to a Taco Bell on Rt. 36 west of I-71. They left him off and told him to call someone for a ride.
Twelve minutes after the intoxicated man was dropped at Taco Bell, workers at the fast food chain were calling 911 to report that there was a drunk man walking around their restaurant. Then calls began to come in from motorists that the man had almost been struck by several vehicles. Finally, at 10:34pm, a driver called to say he’d struck a pedestrian.
Now one man is dead, and several others could’ve been injured, all because the police failed to adequately secure the drunk man or ensure he had a way home.
The deputies involved in the case are on paid leave.
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