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Trooper's killer back in court

Wire • Dec 7, 2011 at 9:00 PM

A Westerville man caught driving despite a lifetime ban after killing a state trooper 10 years ago will be free again today after posting $150,000 bond.

David K. Dye, 43, was arraigned in Delaware County Common Pleas Court this morning before Judge W. Duncan Whitney for driving under a lifetime suspension, a third-degree felony that calls for at least nine months in prison if convicted. He also faces a minor misdemeanor charge of driving with an open container of alcohol.

Dye, who turned himself in yesterday, is being held in the Delaware County jail. His trial is scheduled for March 20.

The lifetime suspension was levied after Dye struck and killed Trooper Frank Vazquez while driving drunk in 2001. The fatal crash was the source of Dye's fifth conviction for driving under the influence, and he served eight years in prison.

On Nov. 19, Dye was pulled over by Genoa Township police on his way to the Ohio State football game, he told an officer.

It is the second time Dye was caught driving this year. In March, he was cited after hitting another vehicle in Orange Township in southern Delaware County. Because of a paperwork error, his lifetime ban showed up as a suspended license after a conviction for drunken driving. He pleaded guilty in Delaware Municipal Court to failing to reinstate his license and paid a $250 fine.

Driving under a lifetime suspension is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 3 years in prison, under new legislation, and a $10,000 fine.

Vazquez's widow, Kristina, watched the proceedings with other family members, and said she doesn't believe Dye realizes the severity of his actions 10 years ago.

"He continues to drive and not respect his second chance at life," she said.

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By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch (MCT)

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