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Indianapolis Cop Fatally Strikes Man, Alcohol May Have Been a Factor

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Indianapolis police: 1 dead after officer-involved wreck.

INDIANAPOLIS — An off-duty Indianapolis police officer, suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, police said, fatally struck a pedestrian late Thursday night. Eventually, policed learned the off-duty officer was driving his marked patrol car when he struck and ultimately killed the man, said police spokesman Lt. Rich Riddle. “We then called additional investigators to the scene to include our (Special Investigations Unit), DUI unit, FACT team (officers that handle blood draws and transport the evidence for crime lab analysis) and our fatal accident investigators,” said Riddle.

Riddle said there was an ongoing discussion of obtaining a search warrant for the police cruiser and that the vehicle would remain locked down until investigators made a decision on what to do with it. With the investigation still ongoing, Riddle said it’s still too early to tell what will happen to the officer’s position within the department and whether or not he’ll face criminal charges.

He said once the results of the blood draw are complete — which may not be until Friday afternoon — investigators, the DUI prosecutor and management will convene to discuss the officer’s fate. “There’s a zero-tolerance policy for operating one of our (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) vehicles (under the influence), whether you’re on-duty or off-duty,” Riddle said. “That is the expectation of our officers. In the wake of the Bisard case, the police department said it strengthened crash investigation procedures and several regulations about alcohol use on the job. The department also said it bolstered its officer assistance program. “The Bisard incident certainly gave the department a real reason to stop and reflect,” said attorney Bruce Kehoe. “Whether these changes are real is yet to be seen.” Every police officer involved in a crash is now required to take a portable breath test if there is property damage or an injury.

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