(Update at Tam's).
There was a tragic mid-day traffic accident last week -- a police officer responding to a call hit two motorcycles, killing one rider and seriously hurt two others. Video of the vehicles alone looked gruesome -- motorcycle wheels tied in knots, the rest of the bike so twisted it was hard to tell what was what; even the police car was badly torn up.
Speculation was wide-ranging -- was the officer distracted by his computer? Did he have his lights and siren on (yes) and were the motorcyclists able to hear his approach? Was there another car involved? Children in the road?
None of the above. Word from the prosecutor's office has it the officer's blood alcohol level, routinely checked any time there's an accident, measured 0.19. On duty. And Indiana's like the other states: you're legally drunk at 0.08.
This is one officer out of a very large police force. Still, it's not lookin' too good for IMPD; you put on that uniform, you're a symbol. It might not be fair but that's how it works -- and most LEOs live up to it.
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