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Deputy accused of stealing parking spot from disabled

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations that one of their deputies broke the law.

The investigation was sparked after a disabled man claims the deputy parked in a handicap-accessible spot illegally.

"I went to park in the handicapped and a silver Mustang sort of beat me in," said Edward Yarnall.

It's a parking spot Yarnall said he needed.

"To have a messed up back and a messed up leg, I need as much space as available to get out and get around," said Yarnall.

Yarnall said earlier this week he was at Circle K on Montana Avenue and Geronimo Drive in central El Paso. That's when the silver Mustang took the handicap spot.

See a video of the incident.

Lo and behold, a sheriff's officer got out in full uniform and sort of just looked over at us," said Yarnall.

Yarnall said he showed the deputy his cane, but claimed the deputy still didn't move. Yarnall then pulled out his phone and stated recording video.

When listening to the video, you can hear Yardall say, "I love that. Just because he's a sheriff, he blocks the disability. Parks in a no parking (spot) so he can go get some munchies. 

Tuesday, Yarnall said what the deputy did was disrespectful. The coordinator at Volar, an organization that helps disabled people, said it's also illegal.

"They're supposed to receive a ticket for this violation. It's a violation," said Jose Lara.

Police said the fine for illegally parking in a handicap space is $275.

"See if they learn the hard way," said Lara.

Lara said with a lot of Fort Bliss soldiers returning from overseas injured, the demand for these spaces in the Borderland is high. He said it's common for people to abuse them.

"Unfortunately you find it very often and we need to educate society about this issue," said Lara.

As far as the accused deputy, the Sheriffs Office released this statement:

"We will look into it further. If the officer was wrongfully parked the sheriff's office will take legal action just like any citizen would face who would break the law," said Deputy Angelica Becerra, public affairs.

The investigation is still in the preliminary stages.

 

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