SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - The Clark County Sheriff's Department is in hot water after a deputy is caught parking in a handicapped spot.
It happened on the 2400 block of East Main Street in Springfield. Denise Green took pictures.
"Being in the healthcare field, I felt upset because we do have patients who come in and are handicapped in a wheelchair and they made those spots for those people," said Green.
Green said she was with her teenage son and his friends and what made matters worse, there were plenty of regular parking spots around. She said the deputy was talking on his phone and walking just fine.
"We teach them to respect the police and we teach them to respect the law and then when you see an officer not respecting the law, how can you expect them to respect either one?," said Green.
Denise posted the pictures of the deputy's vehicle on Facebook and a friend of hers reposted it the 2 NEWS Facebook page.
That friend wanted answers so 2 NEWS showed Sheriff Gene Kelly the pictures.
Sheriff Kelly declined an on camera interview, but did send a statement that read, "Clearly we can identify a marked Clark County Sheriff's vehicle. We must investigate this complaint. If a citation is warranted it shall be issued. If discipline is also warranted it will be given," said Kelly.
Sheriff Kelly said until the investigation is complete he will not say anything more. Whatever the outcome, Green said someone needs to be held accountable and she believes Sheriff Kelly will do just that.
"He would want to make sure his officers are complying with the same laws they enforce," said Green.
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