Police: IMPD captain had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes during OWI arrest

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 23, 2014) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech when he was pulled over early Sunday morning, according to Indianapolis Airport police.

In the probable cause affidavit, the officer noticed the car of Mark Rice, a captain with IMPD, “drive up onto the median” on the exit ramp from northbound 465 to Washington Street. The officer stopped Rice’s car and observed that he had “watery and bloodshot eyes, his speech was slurred and his clothing was soiled.” The officer also noted the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the car.

When asked if he’d had anything to drink, Rice said he’d “had a few beers previously that night.”

He passed two of the three field sobriety tests but failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the probable cause said. Since he failed the last test and exhibited other signs of intoxication, the officer administered a portable breath test that resulted in a positive result for alcohol.

Rice submitted a blood sample at Eskenazi Hospital, and he was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

IMPD’s Internal Affairs Office is investigating the incident. Rice has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest.

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