IMPD officer arrested on drunken driving charges

Zehner arrested in Hancock Co. on Sunday

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. - An Indianapolis police officer was arrested on drunken driving charges in Hancock County on Sunday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Edward Zehner, 49, was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent.

An officer with the New Palestine Police Department pulled Zehner over on Jacobi Road off of County Road 300 South after witnessing him drive erratically, court documents said.

The officer said he could immediately smell the odor of alcohol in Zehner’s car. According to court documents, Zehner let the officer know he was an Indianapolis police officer and showed him his badge.

Zehner told the officer he was going through a divorce with his wife and was heading home after leaving the pub.

Documents said Zehner told the officer he "drank a bucket of beer along with two more beers," and his last beer was about 20 minutes before he was pulled over.

The officer said Zehner showed signs of impairment during three sobriety tests so he took Zehner to the Hancock County Jail for a chemical test.

The officer said Zehner made several comments on the way to the jail and asked, "why am I arresting him, in his 21 years as a police officer he has always let fellow officers that have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated find a ride home, and did not arrest them," the officer wrote in court documents.

According to the documents, the officer said Zehner told him that he "did not know the meaning of the Thin Blue Line, or brotherhood and I was going to ruin his career."

After arriving at the jail, the results of Zehner’s test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent. Zehner was arrested and turned over to the custody of the Hancock County Jail.

IMPD declined to comment other than to say Zehner was on administrative duty pending the results of an ongoing internal investigation.

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