IMPD officer arrested for DUI in Hancock County

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The Indianapolis Metro Police Department confirms that IMPD Officer Edward Zehner was arrested in Hancock County on a charge of Driving Under the Influence.

Town Marshal Robert Ehle, chief of the New Palestine Police Department, says an officer stopped Zehner's vehicle around CR 450W and CR 300S in Hancock County at approximately 11:30 pm Sunday. The officer stopped Zehner after seeing him drive erratically and over the center line. A breath test determined he was twice the legal limit to drive.

"Scary," said New Palestine resident Danielle Farmer.

"He could have killed somebody," said Diana Biehl.

Even worse, police tell our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Star, is that sometime during the stop, Zehner pulled out his badge and told the New Palestine officer he was with IMPD.

"That's pretty scary," said a New Palestine mother. "These are the people we look to to uphold the rules, not think that they are above them."

"You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours," said Biehl. "But they did arrest him. Well, that's the main thing to do, they should. He's no better than anybody else."

Ehle says Zehner put his officer in a "bad situation."

Zehner is on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.