IMPD officer pleads guilty to domestic battery

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A suspended IMPD officer pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts stemming from a 2012 arrest in which he was accused of assaulting his wife and breaking into a neighbor’s house.

John Haggard, 41, agreed to plead guilty to three Class D felony counts domestic battery, criminal recklessness and intimidation. In exchange for the plea, 14 additional counts including criminal confinement were dropped.

According to court documents, police arrested the 14-year veteran officer on Christmas Eve 2012, the day after he was accused of attacking his wife and threatening neighbors who intervened. The two had been driving home when an argument erupted over Haggard’s driving and the safety of the couple’s 4-month-old son, court documents show.

Haggard was suspended without pay following the incident.

As part of Thursday’s plea agreement, Haggard was instructed not to have any personal interaction with his wife.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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