Friday, September 11, 2020
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement for this stipulated misconduct
In September 2018, Respondent was employed as an assistant city attorney for the City of Anderson. On September 5, after Respondent began drinking alcohol at home early in the afternoon, he was unexpectedly summoned to attend a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to substitute for another attorney. After leaving the meeting, Respondent went to a bar and continued to consume alcohol. Upon leaving the bar, Respondent was involved in a single-vehicle crash in which he left the road and struck a utility pole and retaining wall. Respondent fled the scene in his damaged car and was found moments later by police in a restaurant parking lot. Respondent refused to take field sobriety or certified breath tests. A subsequent blood draw pursuant to warrant showed an alcohol concentration equivalent of .29%. Respondent was charged with several offenses and pled guilty to operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) with endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, class A and B misdemeanors respectively.
While disciplinary action involving that matter was pending, Respondent was arrested yet again and charged with counts of OWI and leaving the scene of an accident based on an incident that occurred on July 9, 2020. This is Respondent’s fifth alcohol-related arrest.
The Anderson Herald Bulletin reported on the recent arrest. (Mike Frisch)