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Crash Involving Drunken Deputy To Cost Taxpayers $5M

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taxpayers are paying nearly $5 million for a crash involving a drunken Los Angeles deputy whose sheriff’s SUV slammed into a car with a driver high on methamphetamine.

Investigators say Deputy Robert Moran drank a couple of beers, dressed into his uniform and got behind the wheel of the Los Angeles County sport utility vehicle three years ago. A short time later, the speeding SUV hit a car, seriously injuring Elias Aldana.

The then-33-year-old driver of the car was high on meth and other drugs.

The Los Angeles Times says the Board of Supervisors approved the $4.75 million settlement last week.

Moran pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to six months in jail, most of it served in home confinement. He’s still a patrol deputy.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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