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Police Officer Under Investigation in Pedestrian Death - Drunk Driving Suspected

Steve Wagner

Investigations are underway against an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer after he struck and killed a pedestrian late Thursday evening on the Southside of Indianapolis.

In a bizarre string of events, an anonymous 911 call was placed around 11:50 Thursday night, reporting that an individual dressed in dark clothing was walking in the middle of the street near the 4800 block of Southport Road.

About 4 minutes later, an IMPD off-duty officer reported over his communications system that he had struck a pedestrian.

When emergency responders arrived to the scene, they found the officer attempting to administer first aid to the pedestrian, and they noticed the smelled alcohol on the off-duty officer’s breath. The officer was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for blood draws and a full DUI investigation.

According to a press release from the IMPD, the accident happened between Emerson Avenue and I-65 on Southport Road.

Reports from an IMPD spokesman say that the officer under investigation, whose name has yet to be released, is a 7-year veteran of the department. Suspicions of alcohol have not been confirmed yet, but the officer is being investigated for a DUI, and we will report more when the results of his blood tests are released.

For a department that claims to have a “zero tolerance” policy for drinking and driving, whether on or off-duty, this is the third incident within the department this month.

  • Daniel Greenwell, 36-year-old IMPD officer is currently facing two counts of operating while intoxicated. He was arrested early last Sunday morning.
  • Andrew Ryan, the assistant police chief at Butler University, was arrested after a collision and a breathalyzer test of 0.27.

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