Fishers mayor: Police chief on paid administrative leave after being arrested for OWI

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Mitch Thompson

UPDATE (Oct. 16, 2018) — Mitch Thompson pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person. A separate drunk-driving charge was dropped as part of his plea deal. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with the bulk of the sentence suspended. His driver’s license was suspended for 90 days retroactive to Aug. 1. His sentence will include probation, random drug and alcohol testing and a prohibition on alcohol consumption.

FISHERS, Ind. – The Mayor of Fishers has released a statement regarding the arrest of Police Chief Mitch Thompson.

In a media advisory, Mayor Scott Fadness said Thompson was placed on paid administrative leave following a personal injury accident.

According to a police report, the crash happened on North Keystone Avenue just before 11 p.m. Friday night. Responding officers report Thompson rear-ended a car, causing it to strike a third vehicle.

Chief Thompson was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Mayor Fadness says he appointed Assistant Chief Ed Gebhart as Acting Chief “until all facts related to the incident present themselves.”

IMPD is investigating the crash.

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