Shelbyville police Officer Aaron Calvert accused of driving drunk while off duty in personal car
Calvert on unpaid leave
Last Updated: 73 days ago
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - A Shelbyville police officer has been suspended without pay after his arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Officer Aaron Calvert was off duty Sunday when he was involved in a crash in his personal vehicle, Shelby County sheriff's officials said.
Calvert was found to be intoxicated, police said, and he was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
According to a police report, Calvert told a deputy that he had looked down to call his girlfriend and saw that he was driving off the road and looked up before striking a utility pole and going down an embankment.
"As Mr. Calvert was speaking to me, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath," Deputy Chris Clark said in the police report. "I asked him if he had been drinking, and he stated that he probably had four or five drinks."
Police said a portable breath test showed Calvert's blood-alcohol level at 0.13 percent in the aftermath of the crash.
Calvert, who had been with the department since March 2011, has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.
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