Former Indianapolis police officer Michael Rinehart gets home detention in DWI hit-and-run crash

Rinehart hit construction worker, left scene

INDIANAPOLIS - A former Indianapolis police officer who had been drinking when he hit a construction worker and left the scene has been sentenced to home detention.

Michael Rinehart, 59, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in an agreement with the prosecutor's office.

In June 2012, Rinehart sideswiped construction worker Billy Thompson, 48, with the side mirror of his pickup truck in a construction zone along 16th Street in Speedway,

Witnesses said they saw Rinehart pop his mirror back out and continue driving.

It was later revealed that, at the time of the incident, Rinehart was already on suspension from the police department for drinking while on duty.

Rinehart was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days on home detention. He must also pay restitution to Thompson.

Rinehart, who has been with the department since 1977, has since resigned.

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