Licking County deputy resigns position as part of plea deal in OVI case

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NEWARK – A Licking County deputy resigned his position with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office as part of a plea deal from an OVI charge.

Barth Waldeck, 63, of Heath, pleaded guilty to one count of minor misdemeanor improper starting and backing in Licking County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Waldeck, a 14 year veteran of the Licking County Sheriff’s Office who was serving duty at Licking County Job and Family Services, was placed on administrative leave in February after being charged with a count of operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

An Ohio Highway Patrol traffic crash report said around 11:13 p.m. Feb. 18, a trooper was dispatched to a crash near 6601 Brownsville Road SE. Upon arrival, the trooper said he contacted a Licking County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, who told the trooper the driver of a Dodge Durango, later identified as Waldeck, “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and slow/slurred speech.”

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The trooper reported when he asked Waldeck what happened, he told the trooper he was headed home and saw a vehicle was broken down. The trooper said Waldeck told him he backed up to check on the vehicle when another vehicle opened the door and he unknowingly struck it.

During a change of plea hearing Tuesday, prosecuting attorney Joseph Gibson moved to dismiss the OVI charge as part of a plea deal with Waldeck. As part of the plea deal, Waldeck was required to resign his position with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and complete three days with the driver intervention program.

Gibson told The Advocate although part of the plea agreement was the requirement Waldeck resign with LCSO, he is free to apply for another job in law enforcement.

Defense attorney Robert Calesaric noted to Judge David Stansbury his client had showed proof of insurance at the time of the incident.

Gibson said he discussed the plea deal with the victim, who he said was in agreement with the outcome. He noted the victim was not asking for any restitution.

Stansbury said Waldeck was to remain on administrative license suspension, but was granted limited driving privileges. He also imposed a $15 fine and court costs.

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