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    From the Indy Star:
    LEBANON, Ind. -- A Danville police officer called one of Hendricks County's best at curbing drunken driving left jail shortly after noon today facing charges of driving drunk.

    A Boone County Sheriff's deputy stopped Danville Police Sgt. Robert Cole, 37, about 2:20 a.m. today in a town patrol car on Ind. 39. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and having a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.15, Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell said today by phone.
    Danville Police Chief Keith Gill picked up the police car early today in Lebanon and drove it back to the Hendricks County town. By phone today, Gill said Cole has been identified for the past two or three years as one of the county's best officers in efforts to curb drunken driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Cole in 2005 as one of the top 44 law enforcement authorities in Central Indiana.
    Gill became Danville's police chief in November after a 27-year career with the Indiana State Police. He spoke with Cole today.
    "He's said, 'As many drunks as I've got, I should know better,' and I have no excuses."
    Chief Gill said, "The only thing, and I don't know how to put it. . . . This is my first time with anything like this. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the court hearing on Monday."
    The Danville chief said Cole has apologized and expressed remorse "and hates the fact of what it's done for Danville Police Department and the police profession in general."
    Sheriff Campbell said Cole paid a bond and left jail about 12:15 p.m., staying a minimum time as required after people are stopped. The sheriff said the time is determined by additional tests of the blood-alcohol level.
    The sheriff said Cole is expected to show up in Boone Superior Court 2 on Monday morning.
    Callers about 2:20 a.m. reported to dispatchers that a police car was driving erratically around the Flying J Travel Plaza, 520 S. Ind. 39, Lebanon..
    Boone County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Kenworthy was having supper when he noticed the Danville police car make a U-turn in the parking lot of the Flying J. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Kenworthy then followed south on Ind. 39 and later saw the Danville police car stopped with no lights on in the middle of the 2400 block of the highway.
    The Boone County deputy drove his police car toward the Danville car and turned on his emergency lights to prepare to speak to the driver. Then, the Danville police car's emergency lights came on and the driver continued south on Ind. 39. The car continued 5 miles, repeatedly crossing the centerline and leaving the right side of the highway, before stopping, Kenworthy's report said.
    Cole failed a field sobriety test and later at the Boone County Jail was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.18. In Indiana, a motorist with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.08 or greater is considered as having driven while drunk.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  • #2
    What an idiot!
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    • #3
      He no longer needs the job. He probably has more problems than just this.
      Space for rent .........

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      • #4
        I can't even express my disgust over this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scratched13 View Post
          He no longer needs the job. He probably has more problems than just this.
          I'll bet you're right!
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          • #6
            After reading this again, I have to say it is refreshing for someone to actually own up to their mistakes. Had to be a police officer though ....... never could be a drug dealer .........
            Space for rent .........

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            • #7
              He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the court hearing on Monday."
              Administrative leave? Why was he not fired? If I was caught drinking on the job there would be no hearing.

              Originally posted by scratched13 View Post
              After reading this again, I have to say it is refreshing for someone to actually own up to their mistakes. Had to be a police officer though ....... never could be a drug dealer .........
              Not true, criminals own up to their mistakes all the time. Usually right about the same time this officer is doing it: when their *** is on the line and they are trying to get the lightest sentence possible.
              Last edited by Fëanor; 05-22-2007, 10:18 AM.

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              • #8
                After reading this again, I have to say it is refreshing for someone to actually own up to their mistakes. Had to be a police officer though ....... never could be a drug dealer .........
                Originally posted by AvalancheZ71 View Post
                The Boone County deputy drove his police car toward the Danville car and turned on his emergency lights to prepare to speak to the driver. Then, the Danville police car's emergency lights came on and the driver continued south on Ind. 39. The car continued 5 miles, repeatedly crossing the centerline and leaving the right side of the highway, before stopping, Kenworthy's report said. Cole failed a field sobriety test and later at the Boone County Jail was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.18.
                Wouldn't this be evading/fleeing a LEO & illegal use of emergency vehicle?

                Also were there weapons in the car, are people with a BAC of .18 allowed to have a firearm?


                Personally, I think to charge with a DUI would be acceptable. He can then do what is required, get help if there is underlying dependency issues and move on from it. It sounds like he was a good officer and I'd bet he would still be after all this if he was allowed to do so (assuming he does not commit any more criminal acts).

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                • #9
                  Thats crazy. he has probably always had a problem with alcohol. thats why he was so dedicated to his cause. I wonder how many times he got people on DUI's while he was drunk.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by itnstalln
                    It sounds like he was a good officer and I'd bet he would still be after all this if he was allowed to do so (assuming he does not commit any more criminal acts).
                    That may be, there are lots of people with hearts of gold that have been convicted of DUI.

                    But that doesn't change the fact that I think anyone who is drinking on the job should be fired. It shows that you don't care about your employer or your job.

                    It's very possible that it was one slip-up and nothing similar would happen again if he were allowed to continue being a cop.

                    It's also very possible that he would kill someone while drunk the very next time he's allowed behind the wheel of a squad car.

                    I don't think he deserves the chance.

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                    • #11
                      He got caught...ON DUTY???? Wow. I'm speechless.

                      A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

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                      • #12
                        On duty...wow. But I'm not all THAT surprised.

                        I had a few co-workers that got mega toasted on their lunch hour and were drunk the last 4 hours of the day.
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                        • #13
                          it doesn't say if he was on or off, im pretty sure he was off... probley a take home car
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I don't think he was on duty either, not that that excuses it. I believe it's a pretty common practice in Indiana for officers to have take home vehicles that they are allowed to use for personal use as well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by djack16 View Post
                              On duty...wow. But I'm not all THAT surprised.

                              I had a few co-workers that got mega toasted on their lunch hour and were drunk the last 4 hours of the day.

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