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Officer who fatally hit man with cruiser smelled of alcohol

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say an off-duty officer smelled of alcohol after fatal crash.

INDIANAPOLIS — An off-duty Indianapolis police officer fatally struck a pedestrian with his cruiser, and an investigator reported smelling alcohol on the officer’s breath, police said Friday. Officers were first called to the area of Southport Road, between Interstate 65 and Emerson Avenue, around 11:50 p.m. after someone called 911 saying a man in dark clothing was walking in the middle of the street and not moving out of the way of passing vehicles.

No immediate decisions have been made on criminal charges or disciplinary action against the officer, police spokesman Officer Christopher Wilburn said Friday. The officer stopped after striking the man and got out to help him, performing chest compressions, but the victim was declared dead at the scene, police spokesman Lt. The Indianapolis police department was roiled five years ago when one of its officers driving a squad car caused a crash that killed one person and injured two others. Former Officer David Bisard was convicted of drunken driving in that case and is serving a 16-year prison sentence. “Obviously there were questions after Bisard, and we are doing everything by policy in this incident to show that no officer is above the law,” Riddle said. They can be disciplined for driving with any amount of alcohol in their systems, even if it is less than the state’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level for DUI charges.

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