INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An IMPD officer arrested at the beginning of his shift last week for OWI was nearly three times over the legal limit, court documents state.
According to the probable cause affidavit, officers at IMPD’s Southeast District realized around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, June 6, that Officer Bryan Neal had not arrived for the required daily roll call briefing – he was scheduled to start his shift at 9:30 p.m.
The officers were unable to reach Neal over the radio, so they called him on his phone. Neal said he was helping someone who waved him over in Martinsville and that he was running late. Neal said the person needed a ride to the VA Hospital, and that he’d be at work in about 30 minutes, court documents say.
Neal finally arrived at roll call at 10:30 p.m., dressed in full IMPD uniform. Court documents state Neal walked into the supervisor’s office with a mouth full of food, something he didn’t normally do in the presence of supervisors, police said.
Court documents state Neal was asked to spit out the food, and when he did a strong smell of alcohol was noticed. Shortly after, officials with the IMPD Special Investigations Unit arrived to conduct an investigation. The unit, police say, is responsible for investigating criminal activity and official misconduct involving all city and county employees.
Investigators went to look at Neal’s police car outside of roll call, which they noted was still hot and crooked in the parking space. Documents state Neal was in possession of the only issued key fob for his department issued vehicle.
Inside at roll call, Neal was walking slowly and slightly swaying, court documents state. He smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage, had glassy eyes, was very red in the face and had slow, thick speech.
During questioning, Neal said he had left his home in Martinsville and made his way to roll call. Neal logged himself on duty at 9:39 p.m. by using his car laptop, court documents say.
Neal went on to say he helped someone on his way in, but didn’t mention bringing that person to the VA Hospital. He also said he had his last alcoholic beverage before he went to bed Friday morning, June 6 around 9 a.m., after he had gotten back from his IMPD shift at 6 a.m. that morning.
Court documents state Neal said that he made “one or two very strong rum drinks.” He admitted the drinks would “have the strength of two or three drinks apiece.”
Police say Neal failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test and based on their observations, they believed he was highly intoxicated. Neal then agreed to take a certified breath test.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m., Neal tested a .214. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor.
Investigators say they recovered a 750 ml plastic bottle of Caliber rum, containing a small amount of liquid, from the trunk of Neal’s car. Two closed Mountain Dew bottles were also recovered from the driver’s side compartment.
Neal has been with IMPD for 10 years, working the road patrol late shift. He was suspended without pay.