Officer’s alcohol test results to be held during crash probe

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say the blood-alcohol test results of an Indianapolis police officer who fatally struck a pedestrian with his cruiser won’t be released until authorities complete an investigation into that crash.

Police say an investigator smelled alcohol on Officer Bernardo Zavalza’s breath after the crash Thursday that killed 53-year-old Ronny Bowling. The seven-year police veteran is on administrative leave.

Marion County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Peg McLeish said Tuesday that Zavalza’s blood-alcohol test results and other crash details won’t “be released at this time” because the investigation is ongoing.

Officers can be disciplined for driving with any amount of alcohol in their systems, even if it is less than the state’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level for DUI charges.

McLeish says more information will be released after prosecutors determine whether Zavalza will face charges.

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