IMPD park ranger arrested for OWI

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A park ranger with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was arrested Sunday for operating while intoxicated.

45-year-old Paul Berninger was off-duty and not driving a department vehicle at the time.

IMPD said officers responded to a call of a reckless driver near Rockville Road and Raceway Road on the west side Sunday after receiving several 911 calls. When the responding officer arrived, he found several people standing around a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road.

The officer said the driver, Berninger, was attempting to fight the citizens that were standing around the car.

Berninger is a civilian employee of IMPD and his employment status will not be reviewed by a merit board. However, Chief Troy Riggs is recommending termination of Berninger’s employment to the director of city-county human resources.


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