DUI case against former Porter County police officer going to trial

2012-05-03T14:30:00Z 2012-05-04T11:25:39Z DUI case against former Porter County police officer going to trialBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A Porter County sheriff's officer charged with driving under the influence after two crashes on a general election night in 2010 is taking the case to a jury trial.

Ryan Fenters, 36, of Hebron, did not secure a plea agreement by a Thursday deadline, Porter County prosecutors and the court said.

The case is set for trial May 29 before Porter Superior Court Judge David Chidester.

Fenters is charged with misdemeanor counts of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The wrecks happened about 2:50 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010, after Fenters left Porter County Sheriff David Lain's election victory celebration in Valparaiso.

A Valparaiso police report states Fenters hit two parked cars with his SUV but didn't stop.

Fenters refused to take any field sobriety tests, including a breath test, so police obtained a warrant to take a blood sample, the report states.

Fenters resigned from his position after he was charged.

The Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force wrote a letter in January 2011 to Chidester, calling on him to hold Fenters to the same standards as anyone else if convicted.

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