Indiana officer had alcohol on breath after pedestrian fatally struck: police

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Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:51 AM

(Reuters) - Investigators will consult prosecutors on possible criminal charges against an off-duty Indianapolis police officer whose breath smelled of alcohol after he fatally struck a pedestrian, police said on Friday.

An anonymous 911 caller late on Thursday reported that a man wearing dark clothing was walking in the road and failing to move out of the way of passing cars, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

A few minutes later, the off-duty Indianapolis officer reported that he had struck a pedestrian with a marked police vehicle, police said.

Emergency responders found the man unresponsive in the roadway and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A police supervisor smelled alcohol on the breath of the off-duty officer, who was taken to a local hospital for a blood test, police said.

The statement did not identify the off-duty officer. Police said they would release the name of the pedestrian after relatives are notified.

Accident reconstruction staff were investigating the cause of the incident, police said.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)