OWI charges filed against Muncie police officer

A Muncie police officer who allegedly drove with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit while on the job is now facing misdemeanor drunken driving charges.

Officer Damon Stovall, 48, was arrested on Sept. 12 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated by Indiana State Police. Charging information was filed Oct. 6, according to online court records, and he is now facing an Oct. 27 initial hearing.

According to a probable cause affidavit supplied by the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Muncie Police Chief Nathan Sloan contacted Indiana State Police around 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 to report that one of his officers was possibly intoxicated.

In a news release issued by MPD, police said Stovall had been off duty and was “called to assist with an investigation,” according to the Star Press.

After multiple field sobriety tests were conducted at Muncie City Hall, which Stovall failed, he took a preliminary breath test, which registered at 0.172%. Later, at the Ball State University Police Department, Stovall again tested above the legal threshold following a certified test, according to the affidavit.

Stovall was taken to Delaware County Jail without incident and was placed on administrative leave. By the request of Sloan, the investigation is being conducted by ISP.

Stovall now faces two charges: operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent to 0.15 or more, both Class A misdemeanors.

The Oct. 27 initial hearing will be held at 1 p.m. before Judge Amanda C. Dunnuck of the Muncie City Court.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Stovall.

The case is State of Indiana v. Damon Stovall, 18H01-2110-CM-001000.

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