IMPD officer sentenced to 60 days in jail, probation for OWI

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 9, 2015)– An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer pleaded guilty Monday to operating while intoxicated charges after showing up to work drunk. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, suspended, and 180 days of probation.

Officer Bryan Neal was charged with OWI and OWI with a blood alcohol level above .15 in June 2014.

According to court documents, Neal drove his marked IMPD car from his house in Martinsville to the Southeast district in Fountain Square. Neal told an investigator he left his home in Martinsville, drove up State Road 37, merged onto I-465, then I-65 North to Prospect Street.

A lieutenant found a 750 ml bottle of rum in the trunk of Neal’s IMPD car. According to the documents, there was very little rum left in the bottle. The officer’s blood alcohol content was .21, about three times the legal limit to drive.

Neal remains suspended pending termination. IMPD says the criminal charges have to be settled in court before a hearing with the merit board.

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