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Zionsville man charged in fatal 2016 crash

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Posted at 7:58 AM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2021-09-09 17:48:45-04

UPDATE: Formal charges against the suspect were dropped in August 2021. The suspect's name has now been redacted from this story.

Original story from 2018:

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. -- A Zionsville, Indiana man is facing 10 new charges more than a year-and-a-half after a deadly crash in Boone County. 

The 22-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the death of James Dupler, 21. 

The crash happened in October 2016. After the crash, the suspect told police he was too drunk to drive, so he asked Dupler to drive instead.

Police now believe the suspect was the one driving, not Dupler. Police also say the suspect called his father before 911. 

Boone County Mike Nielson released the following statement:

"I am so proud of the meticulous and thorough work from our Investigations Division, Crime Scene Investigators and FACT Team in this case. It has paid off today. These evidentiary facts were found through time and diligent work; then presented to the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office. They reviewed the facts and the overwhelming evidence in the probable cause affidavit, and believed there is enough to charge [redacted] with this crime. I want to extend my heartfelt sorrow to the Dupler family for their loss. This is a sad and tragic event where no one wins in the end. But, [suspect] will have his day in court, and hopefully the truth will prevail.”


The suspect now faces the following charges: 

  • Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, a Level 3 Felony
  • Reckless Homicide, a Level 5 Felony
  • Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, a Level 5 Felony
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Level 5 Felony
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Level 5 Felony
  • Obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor
  • Operating a Vehicle with an ACE of .08 or More, a Class C Misdemeanor
  • Public Intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor

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