Indianapolis police Officer Allen Johnson arrested on drunken driving charge

Police: Johnson had BAC of 0.086 percent

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis police officer has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Officer Allen Johnson, 25, was pulled over for speeding just after 3 a.m. Thursday in the 5700 block of North Keystone Avenue, police said.

Johnson, who was driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, was off-duty at the time and operating his personal vehicle, police said.

According to the police report, Johnson smelled of alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests.

Johnson told the officer that he and his passenger were on their way from the bars in Broad Ripple to a Perkins restaurant, but said that he had only had three drinks, police said.

"I don't know if this will help, but I work for IMPD," Johnson told the officer, according to the police report.

When asked for his badge, Johnson said he was on administrative leave.

Johnson registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.074 percent on a portable breath test, but a blood test administered later at Wishard Memorial Hospital showed he had a BAC of 0.086 percent, police said.

Johnson was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He was also cited for speeding and for driving with an expired license plate, which had expired in June, according to the report.

Johnson has been with Indianapolis police since 2009. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. 

A police spokesperson wouldn't comment on why Johnson was previously on administrative leave but said it was an unrelated matter.

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