INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 7, 2014) — Officer Bryan Neal was arrested late Friday night for roll call at IMPD’s Southeast District. When contacted by his sergeant Neal claimed he was helping a stranded motorist. Upon his arrival at the Fountain Square district headquarters fellow officers immediately determined Neal had been drinking.
Special Investigative Unit detectives and FACT Team officers were called to investigate. Neal, who was in uniform and driving his IMPD patrol car upon arrival, tested .21 a blood alcohol content, approximately three times above the legal limit to drive.
Neal was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and booked into the Alcohol Processing Center.
Investigators said Neal claimed to have stopped drinking at 9 a.m. Friday, one half-hour before IMPD’s limit for alcohol consumption before going on duty.
“It breaks my heart,” said one officer, “that a young guy like this is going to lose his career over this mistake.”
Detectives will follow up with the motorist Neal claimed to have been assisting to determine if the officer appeared drunk during the reported traffic stop.
Neal has been suspended without pay, and his equipment has been confiscated. His police authority has been revoked as well. Internal affairs and the Special Investigations Unit are looking into the case. Chiefe Hite will issue an employment recommendation within the next few days. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will be reviewing the case and issue a final charging decision at a later time.