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Indianapolis police officer arrested on drunk driving charge

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An off-duty Indianapolis police officer had a blood-alcohol content of twice the legal limit when he was stopped while riding his motorcycle in Johnson County this weekend, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Gregory R. Scott, 46, 5821 Edgewood Trace Blvd., Indianapolis, was stopped after a sheriff’s deputy saw the motorcycle traveling more than 70 mph and weaving in and out of traffic.

Scott was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated after a test showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit to be considered too intoxicated to drive, according to the report.

Scott is a sergeant with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He has been assigned to desk duty, where he will not be able to use his police powers, while the department conducts an internal investigation, Indianapolis police spokeswoman Linda Jackson said.

Scott has been an officer with the department since 2001 and is assigned to the operations division.

When an officer is arrested on a criminal charge, the police department conducts an investigation before the police chief decides what disciplinary action will be taken, Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey said.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy saw a motorcyclist traveling north on State Road 37 near Olive Branch Road just after midnight early Saturday, according to the deputy’s report.

The motorcycle was traveling 76 mph in a 55 mph zone, the report said.

After stopping at a red light at Smith Valley Road, the motorcycle sped off, hitting more than 70 mph again and switching from lane to lane without signalling, the report said.

The deputy stopped the driver for speeding. During the traffic stop, the deputy smelled alcohol and noticed the man had watery eyes and slurred speech, the report said.

He told the deputy he had been drinking alcohol earlier in the night, the report said.

Scott failed two sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a breath test.

He was taken to the Johnson County jail, where a test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, the report said.

Scott was arrested and later released on $1,000 bond.

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