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Drunk driving charge affects Excise Officer's job

Anyone arrested for drunk driving or a similar offense may find the arrest can impact various aspects of their life, from finances, family and even their career. While anyone arrested for drunk driving is considered innocent until -- and only if -- proven guilty, the mere arrest can lead to a job suspension in certain fields. Recently an Indiana State Excise Officer found himself under arrest for drunk driving, and now he has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

The 43-year-old man was pulled over after being observed by police. They said he turned without using his turn signal. They also said he then weaved across the lanes of the road. Reportedly, he was given a breath test, and the results apparently indicated he was above the legal limit.

Drug crimes can vary greatly in Indiana

Any kind of drug charge should be taken seriously. In Indiana, drug crimes can lead to very serious legal consequences. If charged with drug crimes, having an experienced legal professional in your corner can help ensure you know what to expect and what kind of options you may have.

For some, drug charges may be completely unwarranted. Some people find they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, and drug possession charges come about as a result. Others may find themselves facing drug charges as the result of addiction issues. Involvement or suspected involvement with a marijuana growing operation or the manufacture of drugs may also lead to the possibility of criminal drug charges.

Officers in Indiana face battery charges after bar fight

Most charges of violent crimes come after police respond to and take control of a situation. Yet, there are times when police find themselves the ones charged with a crime and in need of legal assistance to deal with the situation they are facing. There was recently a situation in Indiana that resulted in two Indianapolis police officers being charged with battery. 

The incident occurred as the off-duty officers were apparently in a bar having a drink. A 29-year-old man was said to be causing problems and refusing to leave the bar. The 40-year-old and 46-year-old officers confronted the man and showed him a badge, which the patron apparently didn't believe was real. 

Indiana police officer faces drunk driving charge

Whenever there is an incident involving a police officer, the officers called to the scene or who are witnesses to the incident must treat that officer as they would anyone else. Any officer who is on the receiving end of any police action has the same exact rights as anyone else who is charged with a crime. Recently, in Indiana, a police officer was arrested for drunk driving and has since pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The incident involved a 27-year-old who has been on the police force for five years. The man was not on duty at the time, but he allegedly drove his Camaro over the concrete part of a traffic circle and then hit a pole. He was subjected to a breath test, which said he had a blood alcohol content of .13. This is above the legal limit of .08 in Indiana.

Several arrested for drug crimes in Indiana

Whenever police think there is a reason to search a residence, a search warrant may be issued and may lead to charges being filed based on what is allegedly found during the search. In Indiana recently, a search warrant and what was allegedly found led to charges being filed against a number of people. There are eight people facing charges related to drug crimes as a result of the warrant.

Police went to the residence to serve a search warrant on a Wednesday night. Once there, they allegedly found a large cache of heroin, three pounds worth, along with some cocaine. They also seized cash that totaled $100,000. The drugs seized were valued to be worth $250,000, according to authorities.

Indiana police officer arrested for drunk driving again

Any kind of arrest can have an impact on a person’s career. However, when a police officer is arrested and charged with a crime, the arrest may affect their career long before the case reaches any kind of resolution. A recent case of an Indiana police officer is making news after he was arrested for drunk driving again.

This current incident began on a Monday morning. The officer was in a police car at a drive-thru and turned on the lights and speakers when he saw friends in the establishment. A bystander called 911 to report the purportedly odd behavior. The officer reportedly admitted he had been drinking the night before and got hungry, so he went to the restaurant.

Indiana council member faces drunk driving charge

There are certain conditions that may make driving more difficult for some. Some of those conditions may include health problems, seeing at night or other issues that may it difficult to judge where one is or how one is driving. Recently in Indiana, a councilman was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving but he insisted a medical condition made it difficult for him to comply with any field sobriety tests.

The 34-year-old councilman was observed driving the wrong way along a bypass, according to authorities. He was pursued by police and another officer came on the scene to stop traffic in the road until they could get the councilman to stop. When stopped, he supposedly said he had been drinking earlier in the day and the officer claimed to have smelled alcohol.

Indiana authorities accuse a number of drug crimes

Whenever there is a drug sweep that results in charges being filed against a number of people, further investigation may lead the authorities to file additional charges. In Indiana recently, well over a dozen people were arrested regarding allegations of drug crimes in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Subsequently, the authorities then filed more charges against a number of those people.

Twenty people were arrested initially.They were charged with selling a type of synthetic marijuana at a number of gas stations in both Indiana counties. Thereafter, eight of the people who were originally charged were accused of additional crimes in St. Joseph County.

Police officer faces drunk driving charge in Indiana

Whenever someone is found to be suspected of driving while under the influence, there may be serious consequences. Whenever that person is believed to be drunk driving while on the job or while operating a vehicle assigned to them for his or her job, the consequences can impact that person’s career also. Recently in Indiana, a police officer was accused of drunk driving when he showed up for his shift.

The 41-year-old policeman showed up for his shift an hour late and reportedly parked his car crooked in the parking spot. There were reports that he smelled of alcohol and showed other signs of intoxication. Those signs included slurred speech, a red face and glassy eyes. He said he had been drinking at one point but had stopped consuming alcohol 12 hours before his patrol shift was to start.

Indiana doctor pleaded guilty to drug crimes

Any kind of drug charges levied against a medical professional can have an impact on that professional’s ability to continue practicing medicine or any other job that requires they be trusted with controlled substances. Jail time alone can make it difficult for a medical profession to continue to work in medicine even after he or she is released. Recently, a doctor in Indiana pleaded guilty to drug charges. That doctor will now serve a few years in prison for the drug crimes to which he pleaded guilty.

Pharmacists in the area were the sources of concern, as they called authorities about prescriptions from the doctor. The doctor was found to be prescribing drugs after the Drug Enforcement Administration had suspended his license. The doctor was prescribing Dronabinol, Zutripro and Phenobarbitol.

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