Police: Man Joked With Investigator After Striking Officer

Man Arrested On Charge Of OWI Causing Injury

A man who police said struck an officer with his pickup truck outside Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the Brickyard 400 was arrested after officers determined that he had been drinking.

Indianapolis police said Richard Rowley, 59, faces a felony charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

According to a police report, Rowley joked with an officer that he "stopped counting after college" when asked how many drinks he had that day, later admitting he had several beers.

Officer Travis Williams was working near 16th Street at Rochester Avenue just before 6 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a Ford Ranger pickup driven by Rowley, police said.

Williams suffered severe injuries to both legs and was transported to Methodist Hospital in serious condition. His condition was upgraded on Monday to good.

Williams has been with the department since July 2009.

Police said Rowley's blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent.