Trooper's arrest marks 3rd alcohol-related officer incident in one month

INDIANAPOLIS - Sunday morning, another Indiana law enforcement officer was in cuffs – this time, in Fishers.

"It's saddening. They are human, they make mistakes, so it's just a matter of them getting themselves together and doing their job," said Hamilton County resident Nathaniel Barnhill.

"Yes, they are human, but we also know that we have to have accountability, you have to be responsible," said Nathaniel’s wife, Jennifer.

Fishers police arrested Indiana State Police trooper Christopher Dyer early Sunday morning.

They say he drunkenly waved his gun inside Sahm's Bar and Grill on East 96th Street.

They found him a few blocks away walking on North by Northwest Boulevard, and police say he blew a .27 percent blood alcohol content in a portable breath test.

Police arrested Dyer for criminal recklessness with a weapon, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

Dyer's alcohol-related arrest makes the third, this month, for Indiana police.

Last week ISP arrested IMPD officer Ronald Santa for drinking and driving.

The week before, Mooresville police arrested IMPD officer Kevin Brown for the same thing.

Florida-based Transformations Treatment Center has First Responder Treatment, a program specifically for first responders. Leaders say substance abuse is just one pitfall of these high-stress jobs.

"Especially with law enforcement, a lot of times, they end up committing suicide. The suicide rates are three to five times higher than (there) are line-of-duty deaths a year," said founder and marketing director Mark Lamplugh.

Dyer works road patrol duty at the Evansville state police post. ISP leaders say they will place him on administrative duty pending the resolution of the criminal charges filed against him. He will work, unarmed, and will not have the power to put anyone under arrest. 

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