Indianapolis police: 1 dead after officer-involved wreck

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indianapolis police say they found evidence of possible alcohol impairment after an off-duty officer fatally struck a pedestrian with his police cruiser.

Police spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle says the crash happened just before midnight Thursday. He says the officer stopped to help after striking the victim.

Riddle says a police supervisor who responded smelled the odor of alcohol on the officer’s breath. The officer was taken to a hospital for blood testing. Results weren’t available.

Riddle says police believe the pedestrian was in the roadway.

The death comes less than two years after another Indianapolis police officer was convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed one person, injured two others and roiled the department.

Former Officer David Bisard is serving a 16-year prison sentence in that case.

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