Fired deputy linked to fatal crash
Reports: Potentially impaired driver was allowed to drive away before deadly collision
WARREN — A Trumbull County sheriff’s deputy who was fired last week was part of an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Investigation after a driver stopped in Braceville in December was let go and involved shortly after in a fatal car accident.
Sheriff Paul Monroe last week fired Deputy Dallas Young, who was hired to work at the Trumbull County jail in February 1997 and became a deputy 10 years later.
Sheriff’s officials stated in reports that Young violated uniform standards of conduct while responding to a Dec. 2 call of 28-year-old Michael Haehner of Ravenna, who was sleeping in an SUV at Duchess Shoppe gas station on state Route 5.
Reports state Young was called to the scene, where Haehner told police he was just sleeping and seemed like he wasn’t impaired.
A police report states a syringe was found at the scene, but Young felt Haehner wasn’t impaired, so he let him leave with the vehicle.
After Haehner drove off, he was involved in a fatal accident with another driver. According to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Ravenna Post in Portage County, Haehner and the other driver were killed Dec. 2 in a head-on collision on state Route 82 near Horn Road in Windham.
The OSP reported Haehner traveled over the center line and into the eastbound lane, striking Tammy Bortz of Windham. Both drivers died at the scene, the patrol reported.
Officials investigating the incident at the Duchess Shoppe parking lot found the call wasn’t thoroughly investigated, and Young violated procedures by improperly disposing of the syringe.
A complaint against Young states he spent eight minutes waking up Haehner, grabbing gloves and a cigar tube from his vehicle and taking the syringe from the scene without documenting it before Haehner was let go.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation started investigating the incident March 12. Young is accused of letting Haehner drive away from the scene while impaired.
Toxicology tests found fentanyl in Haehner’s bloodstream during the autopsy, a report states.
Last week, Newton Falls village manager David Lynch hired Young as a part-time officer at Newton Falls Police Department, per the recommendation of police Chief Gene Fixler.