Detective admits to drunk-driving crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne police detective Brent Roddy has admitted to the Easter Sunday drunken driving crash that led to his suspension from the force last month.

Roddy pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen Superior Court to three misdemeanor charges – operating while intoxicated, reckless driving causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident. An additional charge of operating while intoxicated was dropped as part of the plea.

Roddy was the driver of a vehicle that veered off Rothman Road around 1 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 27, near a curve at Denise Drive. The SUV hit a sign, utility pole, and a phone junction box before it came to rest in a yard.

When police arrived, they found Roddy’s crumpled vehicle, but he was not inside. Authorities said they found him about a mile away from the crash with a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

Roddy was taken to a hospital with injuries from the crash and released days later. He was arrested April 5 and formally charged.

Roddy was also placed on paid administrative leave, but the city’s Board of Public Safety voted days later not to pay him while on suspension.

Roddy will be sentenced May 23.