Friday, May 9, 2014
A traffic stop led to a stayed 30-day suspension and probation imposed by the Indiana Supreme Court
On June 14, 2011, Respondent was stopped by the police while operating a motor vehicle with a burned-out headlight. Respondent admitted to the officer that she had consumed a couple of alcoholic beverages and had taken a prescription sleep aid. Respondent failed three field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test recorded a 0.066 B.A.C., and a chemical test revealed the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana) in her system. Respondent admits she had smoked marijuana approximately one week prior to the traffic stop while attending a concert.
Respondent pled guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor. A charge of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in her body, also a class C misdemeanor, was dismissed under the plea agreement. Respondent was sentenced to 60 days suspended, with one year of probation. When she submitted her consent to discipline, she was in compliance with her criminal probation, which was scheduled to terminate on March 24, 2014. At the time of the traffic stop, Respondent was serving as a deputy prosecutor. She was terminated from this position after entering her guilty plea.
The probation requires monitoring by the Bar's substance abuse program. (Mike Frisch)