COA senior judge reprimanded for OWI conviction

August 3, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court reprimanded Indiana Court of Appeals Senior Judge William Garrard Wednesday, agreeing with the parties that this is the appropriate sanction for his recent operating while intoxicated conviction.

The Supreme Court filed notice July 15 of judicial disciplinary proceedings against Garrard, claiming his drunken-driving conduct violated Rules 1.1 and 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Garrard pleaded guilty in June to OWI endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor. He blew a 0.14 at the scene and went to the hospital for a blood draw. After the blood draw was complete, he asked the officer to just take him home and “forget about the drinking and driving,” according to the disciplinary complaint.

A month before the November 2015 drunken-driving incident in Mooresville, Garrard was involved in a property damage accident in which he hit a road sign. He was under the influence of alcohol when police spoke to him at his residence that same night, according to the per curiam decision issued Wednesday.

Garrard immediately self-reported the arrest and conviction, regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has been cooperative with the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the decision states.

The costs of the proceeds are assessed against him.


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