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Plainfield police officer arrested for allegedly driving while alcohol-impaired

Staff report

A Plainfield police officer was arrested Friday night (Feb.7) for allegedly driving while intoxicated after he responded to an Emergency Response Team call while off duty.

According to a press release shared by the Plainfield Police Department, Patrick Tucker, a two-year officer with PPD since 2017, was placed under arrest for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and was remanded to the Hendricks County Jail.

An Indiana State Police investigation led to probable cause for the arrest and a subsequent certified chemical breath test was administered. Tucker has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the recommendation for termination to the Plainfield Police Commissioner Board.

Plainfield Police Officer Patrick Tucker. (Photo provided by Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department)

“The actions of this officer are unacceptable,” Plainfield Police Chief Jared McKee said in a prepared statement. “The Plainfield Police Department refuses to compromise the quality of service we provide to the community and will continue to hold our officers accountable and to a higher standard.”

Multiple Plainfield Police Department Officers were called to resolve a situation at Howell Drive and Zimmerman Lane. that activated the Emergency Response Team. Once on the scene, a PPD officer observed Tucker showing signs of possible alcohol impairment. Once it became apparent he was under the influence of alcohol, he was immediately removed from the scene and command staff was notified, the PPD statement reported. The command staff immediately requested the Indiana State Police to take over the investigation.

The charges mentioned are merely accusations; formal charges will be determined by the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office upon review of the case.

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