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Former Fishers police chief pleads to OWI, gets probation

Posted: 1:05 PM, Oct 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 13:05:06-04
Former Fishers police chief pleads to OWI, gets probation

FISHERS, Ind. -- The former chief of the Fishers Police Department pleaded guilty to drunken driving Tuesday, and has been sentenced to probation.

Mitch Thompson was arrested in July after a crash on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis. The police report said he rear-ended a vehicle, causing it to strike another vehicle. 

Thompson was eventually charged with OWI endangering a person and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08. 

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to OWI endangering a person. The second charge was dismissed.


He received the following sentence: 

  • 90-day license suspension retroactive to Aug. 1
  • 363 days probation, with no alcohol as a condition of the probation
  • Random alcohol and drug testing
  • Must complete a victim impact panel

Thompson's attorney, John Kautzman, said the probation could end early if he completes all other terms and conditions. 

Thompson must also pay $485.50 in court costs.

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