Police arrest IMPD park ranger on OWI charges

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Mug shot of Paul Berninger

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2016) – Police arrested an IMPD park ranger on OWI charges Sunday evening.

According to IMPD, they received several 911 calls about a reckless driver in the area of Rockville Road and Raceway Road on the west side of Indianapolis around 8:30 p.m.

When the first officer arrived, he encountered several people standing around a gray car stopped in the middle of the road. As the officer approached the scene, he quickly realized the man with the gray car was attempting to fight with the citizens who were standing around the car. Additional officers arrived and the man was taken into custody.

Officers began investigating the incident which ultimately led to the arrest of Paul Berninger, 45, for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned is employed by IMPD as a Park Ranger.  At the time of this incident, Berninger was off-duty, and he was not driving a vehicle owned by the IMPD.

As a civilian employee of the IMPD, Berninger’s employment status is not reviewed by the IMPD Merit Board and Chief Troy Riggs is recommending termination of his employment to the Director of City County Human Resources.

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