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Wrecked IMPD cruiser at center of new investigation

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Indianapolis - Another Metro police officer is under investigation involving a crash in his cruiser. The officer reportedly failed to tell supervisors about the damages and repairs to the cruiser.

Although Metro Police top brass won't reveal the name of the officer under investigation, sources tell Channel 13 the officer wrecked his cruiser. But repairs on the cruiser were not done at the department's repair and maintenance garage and he reportedly never told supervisors.

During a Channel 13 in-studio interview, Mayor Greg Ballard hinted the case would eventually be public.

"There are more things out there. I am sure we will find them and we will be open about them and transparent about them and correct them as we go," he said.

This new correction comes as Ballard and his higher command look to replace three recent demoted officers. The demotions are part of the fallout following the botched David Bisard police car versus motorcycles crash investigation. One person died and two others suffered critical injuries in that case.

Channel 13 has learned the officer, a 17-year veteran, involved in this new investigation is a member of the SWAT Team. From 1997 to 2006 the officer received more than a dozen commendations for a job well done including the Medal of Valor. But in February 2008 Chief Michael Spears suspended him for 10 days for unknown reasons after he violated department policy.

Here's how the mayor classified officers who get into trouble:

"We always know there are going to be a few bad apples with an organization with 1,700 people," said Ballard.

A spokesperson for the Marion County prosecutor's office told us they decline comment pending a grand jury investigation on the case. Although police won't say who he is right now, they stand by their efforts to be transparent.

Since the case is at the grand jury, the details may remain sealed until further notice. Word about the investigation did go to an agency connected to Metro Police.

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