The Mailbag: What happened to the deputy who crashed his cruiser?

Q: I was wondering if the deputy who destroyed the cruiser was investigated for wrong doing, even if it was a deer. I know if it was me I would have been cited for failure to control and ticketed. Was the officer cited and, if so, is there so requirement to partake in a driver's education course? Has the officer returned to duty or is he still off of work? Seems like a long time. - Jane from Sandusky
Sarah Weber
Jan 26, 2012

Q:  I was wondering if the deputy who destroyed the cruiser was investigated for wrong doing, even if it was a deer. I know if it was me I would have been cited for failure to control and ticketed. Was the officer cited and, if so, is there so requirement to partake in a driver's education course? Has the officer returned to duty or is he still off of work? Seems like a long time. — Jane from Sandusky

 

A: I had our police reporter Emil Whitis look into getting an answer for your question. He talked to Capt. Paul Sigsworth at the Erie County Sheriff's department and learned the deputy you're referring to, Keith Kuluris, did not received any disciplinary action. He had been diving west on Mason Road when several deer sprang from a ditch. He swerved to miss them and instead hit a utility pole. To keep the investigation from being biased, the department actually had the Ohio State Highway Patrol look into the crash for them. Troopers found evidence that deer did indeed run in front of the vehicle before the deputy crashed. Because of this, they did not cite Kuluris. Emil talked to troopers about this decision and they said they do not cite drivers for traffic crashes when they can find evidence — like tracks, blood or a carcass — that indicates an animal caused the crash. Of course, if something else is wrong, like the driver failed to wear a seat belt or the car has a tail light out, the troopers could write a citation. Sigsworth said because troopers found no wrongdoing, the department decided it did not need to discipline Kuluris. Kuluris is on medical leave due to an ongoing health issue.

 

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Comments

concerned2012

I do believe your contact at the Ohio State Patrol is wrong.  I guess the law should state that if you are a police officer and swerve to miss a deer you won't get a ticket.  “If you swerve to miss the deer and you crash your car, you are going to get a ticket for failure to maintain reasonable control of your vehicle"-Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Troy Sexton,October 11, 2011 The Star Beacon

Sum1sumwhere

im still wondering what is going on with the 2 year old who ate the exctasy..

Flyinchopper

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gilamonster

I agree with concerned2012, was riding with friend several years ago, several doe sprang across road and he put car in a ditch, called friend to pull us out, cop drives by and stops. Cop listened to story, as he inspected car and driver. Friend pointed where doe crossed, officer wrote ticket without even looking for "animal evidence"

concerned2012

Oh and just a side note...he is NOT back to work at all...after reading this I contacted some people of my own that could verify and he has not worked since accident...glad my taxes are used wisely...

Blacktigress

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Flyinchopper

You must have gotten caught too many times speeding by Triple A with a gun.  Or, you must be a deputy!  LOL!

Peninsula Pundit

Great find on that first quote, concerned.

What really is getting people's goat on this issue is the ludicrous Patrol policy of ticketing you whenever there's an accident.

That's why I recommend if you hit something, not someone, and the only real damage is to your vehicle, it's best to try and get out of there and definitely don't call the law. I was ticketed when my truck slipped on a poorly maintained entrance ramp and hit the guardrail.  Truck was driveable, guardrail was unmoved. The only thing calling the patrol did was add 85 dollars to the cost of the accident for a ticket.

Another time, a tie rod broke on my car while I was exiting rt. 2. I sideswiped the guardrail but was able to bring the car to the side of the road.  Luckily, the wrecker service was only a 1/2 mile away. I called them and they had me out of there before the state boys were any the wiser (or richer).

Civil Disobedience.

The new trend of the aught 10's.

Blacktigress

Peninsula and Boy with Boot,

EXACTLY, but if they catch you leaving a scene that they feel is worthy of a ticket and they catch you, then your a felon!

See what I mean, an ACCIDENT is an ACCIDENT, but AAA patrol is the one who doesn't use common sense, their only purpose is to create a sense of dictatorship and collection of moneys.

The AAA state patrol are criminals, WATCH the video if you think the state patrol isn't two faced liars and hypocrates.

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/local/content/shared/oh/video/resnick/

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/08/867.asp

I wrote Redfern and he basically said so what, election is around the corner.

If that was ANY OF US, we would be in jail for years, after we got out of the hospital for electric shock, broken limbs and nursing for chemical burns to the eyes.

Ever see what they do when a AAA state trooper car is wrecked? 

 

concerned2012

Tickets can be non sense for you but it should be a level playing field! I don't care what officer did what but I do care about the money that is being spent to keep an officer off duty and to replace the vehicle and all the equipment.  And Ms. Tigress the state is WRONG  to ticket one individual and not the next because the officer missed an animal.  I have close relatives who are officers and this looks bad on them.  So I am really not sure what your issue is but, I know that I want to be held to the same laws as everyone else dumb or not.

Blacktigress

I never said that its ok to have a double standard, I said they shouldn't write tickets for such things. I agree with your post 100%.

 

Boy with the Boot

A few years ago I was driving down a country road. A farm tractor with a large thrasher attached pulled out of a driveway in front of me. It took up the entire road and I could not pass. I was doing the speed limit but because he pulled out without looking I did not have time to slow down. It was either hit the combine or hit the ditch. I choose the ditch. I got a ticket for failure to control and the cop told me I should have hit the combine then he could have ticketed him. I hired a lawyer and fought the charge against me. On the day of my court appearance, my lawyer told me to wait outside. He went into the judges chambers and when he came out he told me to go home bacause he got the charges dropped. It cost me more to pay the lawyer than the ticket would have cost but the satisfaction of avoiding the ticket was worth it.

RITZ

2012 is right. Another reason to vote for Majoy he wouldn't lie to the SR reporter.  The Ohio State Patrol gave the deputy a break  NO Deer and Sigsworth lied. Sources at the Sheriff's Office confirmed that Kurluis is not back to work and won't answer phone calls from  the Sheriff's Office. What you think about that tigress.

 

concerned2012

Kuluris won't answer the phone...huh...something to be ashamed of???

bigsexy

Kuluris recently got married and may still be off on personal/vacation time.  So therefore, he may not be off sick or injury related.  You people are amazing!!! 

concerned2012

i never realized you got 2 months off of work paid when you got married....i think i am do some relax time...is that ok officer big????

 

EZOB

  Right on about the OSP.  They are a worthless money hungry lying police force we should abandon.  They were formed for protection and escort of Politicians not enforcement.  Like most governemnt agencies they have expanded their domain.  We should have 88 Policre forces and the Sheriff, Who is elected by the people, should be the top cop in each county.

concerned2012

I did some checking because I hate being wrong and do not want to accuse someone of anything with out proof BUT Kuluris got married in September not recently as Officer Big would like you to think...this has nothing to do with that...the point is he was treated differently and better than a Joe Schmooo because he is a cop pure and simple...end of story.

concerned2012

just heard that cop won't be back till probably march or even april...that isn't wedding/personal time!!!

concerned2012

why was the article changed and NOT  a correction printed this is extremely poor judgement....you 1st said he was back to work...so who was lying?