Greenfield officer arrested after accusation of bribery



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Greenfield police Lt. Terry Austin, 42, of McCordsville was charged Friday with bribery, a Class C felony, and official misconduct, a Class D felony, according to court documents filed Friday in Hancock County Superior Court 1. (Photo provided)


GREENFIELD — A Greenfield police officer faces felony charges after bribing fellow officers to pull over his ex-wife and tow her car, court records state.

Lt. Terry Austin, a first-shift supervisor, told officers his ex-wife was driving on a suspended license, an offense that can result in a driver’s arrest. Austin, 42, of McCordsville, said he’d foot the bill for a $200 steak dinner for the officer who pulled the woman over and towed her vehicle, according to court documents filed Friday.

Austin made the offer to multiple officers who work in the McCordsville area where his ex-wife lives, providing them with the woman’s vehicle description, license plate number and a copy of a BMV report showing she had a suspended license, court documents state.

Austin is charged with bribery, a Class C felony, and official misconduct, a Class D felony, according to court documents filed Friday in Hancock County Superior Court 1.

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