Sherriff’s deputy Nick Clerico responded to aid another deputy who
was involved in a fight at the Longbranch Saloon. Nick was a well-liked
deputy who was respected by his peers and who loved his job helping protect
the community. Unfortunately, even with lights and siren, he collided
with a vehicle driven by the victim when it entered the intersection of
West China Grade Loop and North Chester. The CHP decided that Nick was
at fault even though the victim was obligated by law to yield to emergency
lights and siren. Nick’s speed was over the limit and that was the
basis for finding he did not clear the intersection before the collision.
Nick suffered significant injuries and has not been able to return to work
since the incident. Nick never went to work that day thinking it would
end like this. He has hopes that the family of the victim will someday
be able to understand that he intended no harm and the incident was truly
Kyle J. Humphrey handled the case for his office and said one of the hardest
parts of reaching the positive result in this case was the problem with
getting people to understand that Nick was really forced to drive at that
high speed to assist the other deputy. Kern County still uses one man
patrol cars and back up is always a long way off. Getting the idea across
that a regular citizen would want an officer to respond as quickly as
possible applies equally to another officer in need. Once people viewed
the case with more understanding, the case was able to resolve. Nick did
not deserve to go to jail and he did not go to jail. Nick will pay $570.00
in fines, complete 240 hours of community service and complete 3 years
of unsupervised probation.
The Law Office of Kyle J. Humphrey handles all manner of criminal case.
Kyle handles the defense for clients in both federal and state court.
They can cover you from the pre-filing stages through jury trial. As seasoned
trial lawyers, they can tell you that actually doing jury trials is absolutely
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