Cop’s Alcohol Level Twice Legal Limit

VALPARAISO, Ind. (STMW) – The one beer Cpl. Ryan Fenters admitted to drinking after crashing into two parked cars early on Nov. 3 was not, in itself, enough to push him over the legal limit.

Porter County, Ind., Prosecutor Brian Gensel said on Wednesday that Fenters’ blood-alcohol level came back as 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

One beer in one hour would have raised the level of a man Fenters’s size by only 0.0073 percent, according to an online calculator based on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration formula.

The Porter County Sheriff’s officer had just left a department party celebrating Sheriff David Lain’s re-election when was involved in the crash in Valparaiso around 1:35 a.m.

He then ran to another bar where he said he called his wife and had another beer. He was brought back to the scene but refused sobriety tests. After Valparaiso police obtained a warrant, his blood ultimately was drawn at 3:57 a.m.

When asked whether drinking alcohol after the crash would effect Fenters’ prosecution, Gensel said he could not comment, but the 0.15 percent test result means Fenters faces an additional charge.

He now must appear on four misdemeanor charges — operating while intoxicating endangering, drunken driving, drunken driving with a blood-alcohol level at least 0.15 percent, and leaving the scene of a crash.

Fenters, 34, of Hebron, is out on bond and has been suspended from the Sheriff’s Department, with pay, while an internal investigation is conducted.

— Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Carl

    So WE citizens are not supposed to drink and drive, but a ROOM full of police officers who are at a DEPARTMENT PARTY are drinking it up. So how many other police officers drove after that party? Any designated drivers?? Anyone call a taxi ?? I’m VERY sure the answer is NO !! They are POLICE OFFICERS so to them they are above the law, they can speed, run stpo signs, and of course DRINK AND DRIVE !!! This is why people have an attitude toward police !!

    • K.K.

      Don’t be jealous! Obviouly you failed a police entrance exam and the only way you can get revenge is to type dumb comments on a website. Not all police drink and drive. If you had a job you would know that every job has bad apples. Police ARE human and make mistakes. Get a life!

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