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.
A search of the squad car turned up a bottle of rum. The officer was subject to a blood alcohol test and was tested at over .21 percent. He was suspended without pay, and there is currently an investigation into the incident. The officer pleaded not guilty to the charge.
A drunk driving charge can result in the loss of a driver’s license in Indiana. If someone has a job that requires driving, such as being a patrol officer, the charge of drunk driving can have a significant impact on that person’s ability to do his or her job. Anyone in Indiana who is facing a drunk driving charge may find it beneficial to investigate the possible penalties and what impact those penalties can potentially have on his or her career or future job prospects.