On January 25, Chief of Police Scott Whitaker was traveling in his personal car and was off duty. He encountered what appeared to be an impaired driver. He phoned Central Dispatch immediately and requested on-duty response. After the vehicle stopped, Chief Whitaker initiated an investigation, patrol arrived and the incident was managed to closure.
There were no complaints reported or filed from the incident.
On February 7, I was made aware of anonymous allegations regarding the incident. Less than 24 hours later, the city notified the Indiana State Police (ISP) to review all materials pertinent to the incident. Historically, whenever there is a question regarding the chief of police, ISP is notified to review the information and then conduct an investigation, if warranted.
At this time, I have been instructed by the ISP to not release any further details pending the ISP review.