Indiana police chief arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

The  police chief of Fishers, Indiana, will appear in court Monday to answer a change of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
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The police chief of Fishers, Indiana, will appear in court Monday to answer a change of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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The police chief of a suburban Indianapolis city was placed on paid administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, The Indianapolis Star reported.

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Mitch Thompson, the police chief in Fishers, was involved in a three-car accident Friday night in Marion County, Mayor Scott Fadness said in a statement. Police responding on the scene said Thompson rear-ended a car, which caused it to hit a third vehicle, WXIN reported.

In his statement, Fadness said Mitchell told him about the arrest.

In a report released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Thompson registered a 0.126 percent blood alcohol level on a breath test and agreed to a blood test. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 percent, the Star reported.

Thompson was booked into the Marion County Jail and released early Saturday morning, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, the Star reported.

Assistant Chief Ed Gebhart has been selected as acting chief, Fadness said in his statement.