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IMPD officer pleads not guilty to drunk driving

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NEW PALESTINE — An Indianapolis police officer has pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving charges stemming from his arrest in Hancock County last weekend.

Edward Zehner, 49, of New Palestine, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was cited for failure to signal, according to court documents.

Zehner, who was pulled over by a New Palestine police officer after leaving a local pub, told the officer that he worked for IMPD and should be allowed to find a ride home instead of being arrested, according to police reports.

A breath test showed Zehner was driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.16 percent, twice the legal threshold.

Zehner said that in his 21 years in law enforcement, he had always allowed officers he caught driving while intoxicated to find a ride home, adding the officer “did not know the true meaning of the thin blue line,” according to court documents.

Zehner returns to Hancock County Superior Court 2 for a hearing July 15.

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