Excise police officer arrested, accused of OWI

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Brett Brandenburg

FISHERS (Oct. 9, 2014) – An Indiana State Excise Police officer was arrested over the weekend in a drinking and driving case.

Excise police said Master Officer Brett J. Brandenburg, 43, Indianapolis, was stopped around 1:55 a.m. Saturday. A deputy from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office pulled him over for a traffic violation near State Road 37 at Town and Country Boulevard.

A breath test put Brandenburg’s blood alcohol concentration at 0.156, nearly twice the legal limit in Indiana. Brandenburg was driving his state-issued vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department. He failed to signal before turning, and the investigating deputy saw the car weaving down the road. Brandenburg was not on duty at the time of the incident.

Brandenburg was booked on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a BAC of .15% or greater.

He was immediately assigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to Indiana State Excise Police.