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Fishers police chief steps down after OWI arrest

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 22:29:15-04

FISHERS, Ind. -- Fishers Police Chief Mitch Thompson has stepped down from his position amid an investigation into his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of operating while under the influence after he was in an accident in Indianapolis. 

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness released a statement Monday, saying both he and Thompson agreed that he needed to step down. 

"The events that transpired Friday evening regarding the motor vehicle accident that Chief Thompson was involved in has made his position of leadership untenable," Fadness said. "In the coming days, Officer Thompson will be subjected to the statutory disciplinary process afforded public safety personnel under the Merit Commission. It is my expectation that this process will be professional, transparent, and judicious. Please keep the victims of the accident as well as our police department in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward."

According to a police report, Thompson was involved in a multiple car accident on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis just before midnight Friday. The report indicates that Thompson rear-ended a vehicle, causing it to strike another vehicle. Police reports indicate Thompson's blood alcohol level was found to be 0.126 on a portable breath test administered at the scene. He submitted to a blood draw and was placed under arrested for operating while under the influence. 

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Thompson released a resignation letter, which stated: 

"I deeply regret having to take this action, but realize stepping down as the chief executive officer of this Department is an important first step in taking responsibility for my actions," Thompson said. "I love the community of Fishers, and have strived my professional career to make it a place we that can all be proud of. I apologize to you, the men and women of the Fishers Police Department, and the citizens of this City for failing to meet the professional standards that I try to set for myself." 

Thompson said he fully intends to cooperate in the departmental investigation. 

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