A man who killed a state trooper while driving drunk 10 years ago was in Delaware Municipal Court Monday after being arrested for driving with alcohol in his car despite having a lifetime driver’s suspension.
The Genoa Township Police department arrested David K. Dye, 53, on Saturday after he was spotted going into a business to get a hair cut. After leaving the establishment, an officer confirmed that Dye was in fact driving a vehicle and that his license was under suspension. Inside the vehicle, officers also located a cup which contained a mixed alcoholic beverage, Genoa Township Police Sgt. Rich Lyon said.
Dye had not been drinking but stated that he was taking the mixed drink down to watch a game. He was charged with driving under a lifetime suspension and having an open container of alcohol inside his vehicle, police said.
During his arraignment Monday, Delaware Municipal Court Judge David Gormley issued a $20,000 bond in the case and set a Nov. 29 preliminary hearing on the charges.
Dye’s license was under permanent suspension due to a fatal crash that he was involved in on Nov. 5, 2001 on Interstate-270. Dye was convicted at that time of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the death of Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Vazquez. Trooper Vazquez was on a traffic stop on I-270 when Dye lost control of his vehicle and struck Vazquez’s vehicle, killing Vazquez.
After spending almost eight years in prison for the conviction, Dye was placed on parole. He was released from parole two years ago. He had been convicted of driving under the influence four times prior to the fatal crash, police said.