13 Investigates: IMPD received complaints before officer's DUI arrest
According to documents obtained by Eyewitness News, starting at 4:30 in the afternoon on April 13th 2012, two employees at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Branch in the 5500 block of South Meridian told police they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on IMPD officer Morton Gallagher.
The two employees were able to give investigating officers the license plate number from the officer's car. That marked the start of an five-hour odyssey to find Gallagher, who was in uniform and driving a fully-marked police patrol car.
Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News indicate that, at the direction of a police department commanding officer, IMPD Sgt. Michael Croddy was sent to Gallagher's house in Beech Grove. The house was empty. Gallagher had moved.
Police were then sent to the home of female friend of Gallagher's, where he was reported to be living. When Sergeant Croddy knocked on the door, he was met by a woman who told police that Gallagher was at a part-time job.
Gallagher had been hired, along with other officers, to work security for an event at the Madame Walker Theater. They were expected to be in place at 7:00 p.m.
Eyewitness News is told by a source close to the investigation that Gallagher arrived at the Madame Walker at 7:15 and was given his assignment. Fifteen minutes later, Gallagher left, telling other officers he was sick.
It was an hour and fifteen minutes later when, according to court documents, "Sgt Croddy saw Gallagher pull behind him in a marked police car. Croddy smelled a 'whiff' of an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Gallagher's breath."
By now it was 9:00 p.m. Officer Morton Gallagher was then given two breathalyzer tests. The first showed he tested over the legal limit to drive. The second test indicated he was slightly under the limit.
The court has restored his driving privileges, but he remains on administrative leave from the department