Deputies will not face discipline in case of motorist who died

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Two deputies will not be disciplined for not going into a field to investigate a car wreck in which the driver was later found dead.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Merit Board says the deputies "did not violate any policies or procedures of the department" in the crash along a busy county road about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.

In February, DeKalb County deputies Rick Short and Adam Friedel and Garrett Police Officer Sam Smith responded to 911 calls made by two motorists who said a car had veered off a county road.

The officers left without checking the vehicle, believing that someone had driven into the field intentionally to gather firewood. The next day, the frozen body of 66-year-old Duane Squire of Avilla was found in the field.

The merit board holds authority over only the county deputies.

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