Two state troopers fired in speeding set-up - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Two state troopers fired in speeding set-up

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) - Two State Highway Patrol troopers have been fired after a lawyer accused them of conspiring to catch him speeding.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Rick Zwayer said Sgt. Don Ryan and Trooper Ben Huff of the New Philadelphia post were fired Tuesday after a disciplinary hearing. Another trooper was suspended and discipline is pending against four others.

Attorney Rick Hinig of New Philadelphia said the troopers set him up when they pulled him over last December.

In recorded dispatch tapes, Hinig is heard calling the patrol to say he was on his way to a Gnadenhutten home where troopers were investigating an apparent drunken driving case.

The tapes also recorded troopers talking about the direction Hinig would be traveling. Hinig was stopped a tenth of a mile from his destination.

Huff had given Hinig a formal warning for speeding several months earlier.

Hinig was ticketed for speeding but the ticket was thrown out of court.

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