COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio state trooper convicted of dereliction of duty last year in the death of a drunken motorist is challenging his firing from the highway patrol.
A State Highway Patrol spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/19J8zUR ) that 38-year-old Sean Carpenter is disputing his April 24 firing for conduct unbecoming of an officer and other violations.
The patrol says Carpenter's case is in arbitration, but he is serving in the military so a date for a hearing has not been set. His attorney had called the allegations baseless.
Authorities said the intoxicated man was hit and killed by a car after Carpenter and sheriff's deputies dropped him off at a Taco Bell on July 25.
The two Delaware County sheriff's deputies involved also were fired.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com