Another Cottey Copy Caught Drunk...le...

Another Cottey Copy Caught Drunk...let the cover up begin!

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Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jun 18, 2012
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An IMPD lieutenant was arrested Monday after police said he hit a construction worker and drove off.

Michael Rinehart is preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury.

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Rinehart reportedly hit a construction work with his pickup truck at West 16th Street and North Worth Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

The construction worker was using the controls of a piece of equipment when the mirror from the truck hit him. A witness said Rinehart re-adjusted his mirror as he drove off.

The construction worker and his boss followed Rinehart and confronted him. Both the victim and his boss said they smelled alcohol on Rinehart's breath. The group then returned to the scene of the accident.

The boss told Rinehart a report needed to be made. Rinehart reportedly identified himself as a police officer. As the boss was making a phone call to police, Rinehart reportedly got back in his truck and again drove off.

The boss again followed Rinehart. Rinehart eventually pulled over and the boss confronted him.

As they were waiting on police to arrive, Rinehart returned to his truck, reached into the glove box and pulled out a bottle of mouthwash. Rinehart drank some of the mouthwash and then lit a cigarette afterward, according to the police report.

When questioned, Rinehart said the victim had said he was okay so he thought he was free to leave.

The victim suffered a large mark on his back and declined medical care.

Rinehart has been with the department for 35 years. He was suspended pending a hearing before the merit board at the time of the incident.
Larry

Pryor, OK

#2 Jun 19, 2012
Sad, what drunks the police are.
Mary

United States

#3 Jun 19, 2012
Every cop should be tested for alcohol use every day, whether on duty or not. These cops are not responsible enough to be allowed to drink!
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jun 19, 2012
An Indianapolis metro police officer accused in a hit-and-run accident while allegedly under the influence of alcohol was already on suspension from the police department for drinking on duty, officials said.

Lt. Michael Rinehart, a 35-year IMPD veteran, faces
Satire

Matthews, IN

#5 Jun 19, 2012
The FOP has asked for no formal charges to be filed against Lt. Michael Rinehart. The FOP is seeking to have Lt. Michael Rinehart retire early with full benefits.

When FOP President,Sgt.Owensby, was asked by a reporter if the officer should be held accountable for his actions,Sgt Owensby replied, "He is being held accountable. We're asking that he be allowed to retire early with full benefits. That's about as accountable as it gets within this department."

Sgt Owensby continued; "It's not like he killed anyone. Even if he had,we would still support Lt. Michael Rinehart 110%. Let me put it this way. I have so much confidence in Lt. Michael Rinehart,if I had my druthers and it was up to me,I would assign him to be the head of the Governor's Drunk Driving Task Force. I know the public doesn't get it. And we don't care if the public gets it. It's all about us,ya know?"
Helen

Westfield, IN

#6 Jun 20, 2012
Rinehart is a buddy of Cottyes. They used to hang out with Motsinger all lot the time.Rinehart has some very strong relationships with judges here in Indy, so you won't be seeing him doing any time for this. In fact foul see this just fade away.They will try and just hope that the public forgets it. They tried that with Bisard and it did not work.

Rinehart is just another example of how Ballard has lost control over his police department. Of course he is leaving for a paid vacation in Germany and England on our dime,so he can't be worried about little things like drunk cops hitting construction workers.

Right now, I have lost faith in our police department.I do not trust the police..thats very sad
Pauly

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jun 20, 2012
Yes he will get a full retirement and then will go to work with Securtex and make a mint.

He and Cottey and Motsinger will be drunk everyday!
Heavy Metal Thunder

Danville, IN

#8 Jun 20, 2012
Pauly wrote:
Yes he will get a full retirement and then will go to work with Securtex and make a mint.
You're probably right. Have they stopped commiserating with scrap metal thieves and moved on to much more lucrative commodities?
Props

Danville, IN

#9 Jun 20, 2012
Moe wrote:
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An IMPD lieutenant was arrested Monday after police said he hit a construction worker and drove off.
Michael Rinehart is preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury.
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Rinehart reportedly hit a construction work with his pickup truck at West 16th Street and North Worth Avenue around 2:30 p.m.
The construction worker was using the controls of a piece of equipment when the mirror from the truck hit him. A witness said Rinehart re-adjusted his mirror as he drove off.
The construction worker and his boss followed Rinehart and confronted him. Both the victim and his boss said they smelled alcohol on Rinehart's breath. The group then returned to the scene of the accident.
The boss told Rinehart a report needed to be made. Rinehart reportedly identified himself as a police officer. As the boss was making a phone call to police, Rinehart reportedly got back in his truck and again drove off.
The boss again followed Rinehart. Rinehart eventually pulled over and the boss confronted him.
As they were waiting on police to arrive, Rinehart returned to his truck, reached into the glove box and pulled out a bottle of mouthwash. Rinehart drank some of the mouthwash and then lit a cigarette afterward, according to the police report.
When questioned, Rinehart said the victim had said he was okay so he thought he was free to leave.
The victim suffered a large mark on his back and declined medical care.
Rinehart has been with the department for 35 years. He was suspended pending a hearing before the merit board at the time of the incident.
Kudos and props to the cops that arrested him, and definitely a round of props to the road crew personnel for confronting the drunkard.

They'll probably suspend the arresting officers and Ballard will make Lt Rinehart the city's new safety director.

I'm not exactly cheerfully optimistic these days.
RN Rose

Pryor, OK

#10 Jun 20, 2012
Pauly wrote:
Yes he will get a full retirement and then will go to work with Securtex and make a mint.
He and Cottey and Motsinger will be drunk everyday!
They can party like its 1999 with all the BINGO money they have!
Ace

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jun 20, 2012
Mary wrote:
Every cop should be tested for alcohol use every day, whether on duty or not. These cops are not responsible enough to be allowed to drink!
As is done with illegal drugs I think that random testing would be sufficient. If an employee knows that they are liable to be tested for alcohol either before or after work and that they will be tested multiple times per year, that would certainly discourage anyone from being under the influence on the job.

Testing every day whether on duty or not would be quite wasteful considering the fact that it's perfectly legal to drink on their off hours.
RN Rose

Pryor, OK

#12 Jun 20, 2012
Ace wrote:
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As is done with illegal drugs I think that random testing would be sufficient. If an employee knows that they are liable to be tested for alcohol either before or after work and that they will be tested multiple times per year, that would certainly discourage anyone from being under the influence on the job.
Testing every day whether on duty or not would be quite wasteful considering the fact that it's perfectly legal to drink on their off hours.
The rules could be changed or one could interpet present loaws aobut behavior unbecoming a officer.

They all should take antabuse or have interlock devices on their patrol cars.
Ace

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Jun 20, 2012
RN Rose wrote:
The rules could be changed or one could interpet present loaws aobut behavior unbecoming a officer.
They all should take antabuse or have interlock devices on their patrol cars.
The problem here is that a very small percentage of officers have been under the influence of alcohol while they are on duty. Regular random testing would drastically reduce the problem.

I don't think that there is a job in America which bans adults from consuming alcohol on their own time.

Placing interlock devices in all patrol cars would interfere with their ability to do their jobs. We certainly don't want an officer who just saw an armed robbery suspect running out of a bank having to mess with an interlock device in order to start his vehicle.

And while I'm no lawyer, I'm fairly certain that forcing an employee to take Antabuse in order to keep their job would be illegal.
Mary

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jun 20, 2012
I don't think I have ever met a cop that was not a drunk, a wife beater, a bull dyke, a dope addict, or mentally ill. Thye are a sick bunch. YOu are at much more risk to be harmed by a cop than a so called criminal.
sally

Baltimore, MD

#15 Jun 26, 2012
I know mike rinehart personally and yes he has always thought he was above the law. What away to go out and show his true colors.
Bob

Joshua, TX

#16 Jan 7, 2013
sally wrote:
I know mike rinehart personally and yes he has always thought he was above the law. What away to go out and show his true colors.
Sure you do.
From Baltimore, MD.
Bob

Joshua, TX

#17 Jan 7, 2013
Mary wrote:
I don't think I have ever met a cop that was not a drunk, a wife beater, a bull dyke, a dope addict, or mentally ill. Thye are a sick bunch. YOu are at much more risk to be harmed by a cop than a so called criminal.
You are obviously a nut job.
Rooster

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Jan 7, 2013
Bob wrote:
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You are obviously a nut job.
I agree. I have never met a cop that was not warped in some fashion. They are nut jobs!
Rooster

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jan 7, 2013
Mary wrote:
I don't think I have ever met a cop that was not a drunk, a wife beater, a bull dyke, a dope addict, or mentally ill. Thye are a sick bunch. YOu are at much more risk to be harmed by a cop than a so called criminal.
And they will get away with harming you....and you may ending paying big fee or going to prison. This is a police state.
Rooster

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jan 7, 2013
Ace wrote:
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The problem here is that a very small percentage of officers have been under the influence of alcohol while they are on duty. Regular random testing would drastically reduce the problem.
I don't think that there is a job in America which bans adults from consuming alcohol on their own time.
Placing interlock devices in all patrol cars would interfere with their ability to do their jobs. We certainly don't want an officer who just saw an armed robbery suspect running out of a bank having to mess with an interlock device in order to start his vehicle.
And while I'm no lawyer, I'm fairly certain that forcing an employee to take Antabuse in order to keep their job would be illegal.
How about smoking tobacco?

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