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 (14)
  1. Jack says:

    Lol.this city is a complete joke now

  2. truth sayer says:

    do drugs kids. best case scenario: a $5 million settlement… worst case scenario: a slap on the wrist and you get to keep your job.

  3. Survey U.S.A says:

    What will happen first, the meth head will overdose or burn the 5 million on drugs?

  4. Bryan Conover says:

    Only a democrat socialist would ever allow this to happen….PATHETIC !

  5. LaLa says:

    So Bryan you think Villaragoisa (sp) is a democrat socialist?

  6. Dan says:

    So, seriously how does this deputy keep his job? In uniform, driving an employer vehicle on his way to work after having had a couple of beers: what justifies employer retention.
    There must have been some culpability on the part of the ‘other’ under-the-influence driver.
    Why is this news story incomplete? Does CBS think its readers/viewers are only interested in the ‘slap-on-the-wrist’ part of the story?

  7. Stelios says:

    I see–we punish the public for the deputy’s drunken driving, and reward the real criminal.

  8. surfbum says:

    So a DUI deputy hits a DUI tweaker, and the tweaker is now getting a huge settlement because he was “seriously injured.”

    The deputy should be punished, and should have to pay the tweaker’s medical bills, but the doper was out driving impaired too and shouldn’t be rewarded with a huge settlement. It was only luck that he got taken out by that drunk deputy instead of plowing into some innocent driver or pedestrian because he was driving while high as a kite.

  9. david sanders says:

    I’m a cop and this is embarrassing. If the facts are as they are presented here, he should have been fired. Officers are held to a higher standard; well, at least they should be…

    1. Ron says:

      David, you are ABSOLUTELY right. I assume you do NOT work for L.A. County.

      I don’t live in L.A., but L.A. County taxpayers should be very upset and they SHOULD be asking WHY the deputy still has his job. DEMAND accountability !!!!

  10. FatBoy 2003 says:

    There’s 4.75 million Down the Drain or Up the Nose. The Deputy, The Crack Head, The County Board of Supervisors and our Court System all have issues that need to be dealt with here. It would have been nice of CBS to complete the story by letting us know the extent of the injuries that the now Multi- Millionaire sustained to justify $4.75 Million

  11. Marty says:

    UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only in LA . Why the HE!! did i ever come back to this town. I need my own head examined as well as the city leaders.

  12. Chris says:

    WHAT??? Why do I have to pay for that????? charge it to thew companies that make alcohol!!!! They are making millions off of everyone killing themselves! This is BS! IO am not paying my taxes to some dumb DUI…..I want my freaking taxes to pay for the repairs of our roads!!

  13. Al-Qaeda Central Command says:

    The LACSD is an embarrassment to law enforcement.

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