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Indianapolis cop may have been drunk when his police car fatally struck pedestrian

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An off-duty Indianapolis police officer may have been driving under the influence when his police cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian on Thursday night.

NBC News said Friday that Indianapolis Police Department spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle confirmed that shortly before midnight, the unnamed officer radioed in to central dispatch to say that he had struck a pedestrian.

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The off-duty officer had responded to the an anonymous 911 call from the area about a pedestrian walking in the roadway. The IPD did not explain why an off-duty officer was responding to a dispatch call while still in uniform and driving a marked police cruiser.

When a police supervisor arrived on the scene, he noted that the officer smelled of alcohol and called for additional investigative personnel.

“We then called additional investigators to the scene to include our (Special Investigations Unit), DUI unit, FACT team (officers that handle blood draws and transport the evidence for crime lab analysis) and our fatal accident investigators,” said Riddle to the Indianapolis Star.

At around 1:30 a.m., the off-duty officer was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for blood tests, an hour and half after the accident took place.

“By law, we have three hours from when the crash happened to conduct a DUI investigation,” Riddle said. “For him to be here at the scene for investigators to make observations and do their investigation, that is not outside of the realm that a normal individual would go through.”

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Police conducted a field sobriety test on the officer but have not yet released the results.

A press release from the IPD said that the victim’s name will be released soon.

“The deceased pedestrian will be positively identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office,” the statement said. “Once the decedent’s next of kin is notified, the identity of the pedestrian will be released.”

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Watch Anderson Cooper use the long-form of ‘BS’ while shutting down Rod Blagojevich on CNN

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MSNBC anchor Anderson Cooper was visibly angered by claims made by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during a Friday evening CNN interview.

Blogojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for corruption while in office that included attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacancy created when Barack Obama was elected president. His sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump.

Cooper lectured Blogojevich for getting sued while governor over a backlog of 3,000 clemency cases.

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Devin Nunes is livid at report he helped Trump’s White House: ‘Who the hell is leaking this?’

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