MUNCIE, Ind. — A veteran Muncie police officer was arrested this week after he allegedly reported to a criminal offense scene whereas drunk.
Damon Stovall, 48, was preliminarily charged with driving whereas intoxicated. He has been positioned on administrative go away.
“This administration is dedicated to officers taking accountability for his or her actions and holding them accountable,” Police Chief Nate Sloan mentioned Tuesday. “This matter might be totally investigated and handled in line with regulation and Muncie police coverage.”
At Sloan’s request, the investigation is being carried out by Indiana State Police. A state trooper formally arrested Stovall and took him to the Delaware County jail on Sunday night.
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A information launch issued by Muncie police indicated Stovall had been off responsibility on Sunday when he was known as to “help with an investigation.”
After he arrived on the scene, supervisors suspected Stovall was impaired. He was taken to Metropolis Corridor, and state police have been requested to analyze.
A breath take a look at measured his blood-alcohol content material at 0.172. In Indiana, motorists with a BAC of 0.08 or greater are thought-about intoxicated.
Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman mentioned Stovall was preliminarily charged with a Class A misdemeanor carrying as much as a 12 months in jail.
A call on what formal fees may be filed might be made after Hoffman receives and critiques reviews from the ISP.
Hoffman mentioned Sloan’s resolution to ask state police to conduct the investigation was “the proper option to keep away from even the looks of impropriety.”
Sloan mentioned his division was “within the individuals enterprise, each on the road and throughout the division, and other people make errors.”
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Douglas Walker is a information reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at email@example.com.