Highway Patrol troupers charged with
by Steven Haninger - 9/15/12 8:00 AM
failure to arrest a drunken man.
He was found in the highway median and couldn't converse in English so the troupers took him to a Taco Bell thinking thinking to find an interpreter there. Rather than arrest him, he was instructed to call someone for a ride home. Apparently he had other ideas and wandered back onto the roadway where he was struck and killed. The troupers are now facing charges of their own.
I don't know how this will play out. His being drunk in the median is considered to be a criminal offense requiring arrest. How would they know for certain that the man was drunk without doing a sobriety test. The man didn't speak English so the troupers wouldn't be able to administer the standard test or maybe not even get him to use a breathalyzer to verify his drunkenness. While thinking an interpreter could be found at a Taco Bell is probably creative, they probably should have just hauled him in. I suspect they meant no harm but looks like it backfired this time.