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.

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Comments (19)
  1. Rob Michler says:

    Everybody involved in this were in the wrong. Why do the tax payers have to pay for it?

  2. swhitS says:

    Was Elias Aldina even supposed to be in this country? Aguy on meth should NOT be getting this money and a full investigation of the the Board should be done ASAP. This kind of money laundering of the public’s money is criminal and why does this guy still have a job?
    It used to be you could not sue states for more than 2,000 same should go for cities.

  3. American 1776 says:

    So the taxpayers get to pay because a drunk cop got involved in an accident with a drug addict and to add insult to injury the drunk cop still has a job and the taxpayers are out $5,000,000. Sounds fair to me, NOT

  4. S says:

    Actually the deputy was wrong…he’s the one who hit the other guy. They obviously do not give the details of how it happened but they make it sound like the cop rear ended the other guy. Being drunk or high on meth does not necessarily mean being at fault. I could be high on 15 drugs and practically asleep, but if I am stopped at a red light and someone rear ends me, you better believe they are at fault.

    1. Give me a break says:

      If you’re gonna look at it that way then the cop saved innocent people from being hurt by the guy on drugs and we should thank him.

      1. s says:

        Yea because the guy on drugs is the one who was crashing into other people and hurting them in the process… right…

    2. Duh! says:

      The city should only be liable if the deputy was ‘On Duty”.
      Since he still has his job, then I would assume that the accident occurred while he was Off Duty. Thus the city should not be help accountable unless there was a problem with the city maintained vehicle he was driving.

  5. CAN says:

    Yeah, why are we supposed to pay the tab? Why does this cop still have his job? Why isn’t he paying for this as well as the the “victim” paying his part?

  6. Lou says:

    I encountered a sheriff deputy {LA} the other day with numerous tattoos, he was about 5ft5, i guess affirmative action is not working?

    1. Duh! says:

      Ummm… you do know that there is no more affirmative action, right? Hasn’t been for many years.

    2. The Beav says:

      what do tattoos have to do with anything? Some people like body art. It’s not 1950 anymore, Ward Cleaver.

  7. NOT A CROOKED PIG says:


  8. citizen says:

    Can what and why should the victim pay anything. The cop was wrong period and now we as the people we employ him must pay.

  9. Disgusted says:

    6 months in jail “most of it served in home confinement” WOW! Must be nice, and he still got his job back….. cover ups, and favoritism as usual at the LA Sheriff’s dept. This clown was probably out of City Of Industry Sheriffs Station Circus. These guys are always in the news for some crime or other. What about all the deputies I see every day driving while on their cell phones….who’s going to cite them?

  10. mike says:

    You people are morons. Just because this deputy made a bad decision, does not mean he should lose his job. Just because he is on law enforcement, every moron on this site thinks he should lose his job. Well to bad, because hes not.

    1. NOT A CROOKED PIG says:

      Mike you are probably just like him that is why you are supporting that cop.

  11. Reason says:

    Hey, disgusted… FYI emergency personnel are exempt from the cell phone law. But I agree, this clown should NOT have a job!

  12. steve says:

    This is exactly what’s wrong with America. A meth head gets hit by a cop and we have to pay him $5 million. Unbelievable. Why do we let this type of thing happen? Who’s in charge approving such payouts?

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