Indianapolis police detective pleads guilty to drunk driving charges, back on duty

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UPDATE (August 5, 2015) – Officer Christopher White entered a guilty plea on OWI charges in Hamilton County.

He was sentenced to 365 days, 363 days of that suspended, 70 day Driver’s License Suspension, 363 days probation, and substance abuse evaluation.

According to IMPD, White is back to duty status.

 

HAMILTON COUNTY (May 21, 2015) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer is charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated after being pulled over early Thursday morning.

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy spotted Christopher M. White, 32, Noblesville, driving erratically. When he pulled White over he could also smell alcohol.

White was stopped around 3 a.m. Thursday in the 12800 block of Brooks School Road. After initiating a traffic stop, the deputy put White through field sobriety tests. The officer failed the field sobriety tests so he conducted a certified chemical test that put White’s blood alcohol content at 0.182.

"His car was weaving in and out of its lane it cross the traffic lines and at one time it did drive off the road on the right with its tires, not totally off the road but slightly off the road," said Chief Deputy Tom Gehlhausen with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

White, who has been with IMPD for seven years, was not on duty and was driving a personal vehicle.

He was booked on a charge of operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicate with endangerment, both misdemeanors.

White is currently on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. IMPD Chief Rick Hite has already called for an immediate internal investigation into the matter. According to department policy a first time offense like this could result in a 30 day suspension, but ultimately that decision is up to the chief.

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