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Deputy, trooper convicted for leaving a drunk man at Taco Bell

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An Ohio state trooper and a sheriff's deputy have been convicted of dereliction of duty in relation to an intoxicated man who spoke little English, was taken to a fast-food restaurant and was later struck and killed by a vehicle.

A jury on Tuesday found that Trooper Sean Carpenter and Delaware County Deputy Derek Beggs were guilty of misdemeanor dereliction of duty. They were fined $1,000.

The men were accused of not properly dealing with 22-year-old Uriel Juarez Popoca, who was found drunk in his truck in a highway median, taking the man to Taco Bell instead of into custody.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Beggs and Hughes drove Popoca, who was a native of Mexico, to the Taco Bell and left him there. "They gotta have someone in there who can interpret," one of the deputies said in dash cam video of the incident.

After Popoca was dropped at the Taco Bell, the store manager made several 911 calls, complaining about the drunken man in the restaurant.

A short while later, a driver called 911 to report he hit a man walking along the road. Popoca was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second deputy charged in the case previously pleaded no contest to failure to assist a law enforcement officer. He was fined $20.

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