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Former Police Officer Enters Plea On OWI Charge

Last updated on Monday, September 24, 2012

(SALEM) - 39-year-old John Newcomb, of Salem, a former police officer entered a plea agreement in connection with a drunk driving charges stemming from his July arrest.

Stephanie Taylor Ferriell of the Leader-Democrat reports that he pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 60 days, with 58 days suspended.

He will be on probation for six months and must undergo drug and alcohol screenings. Newcomb's driver's license was also suspended for 90 days

Newcomb was employed by the Seymour Police Department at the time of his arrest. A former city police detective, he left the Salem Police Department in July 2009. He has been on administrative leave in Seymour since his arrest.

Newcomb was arrested July 28, after he crashed on North Main Street. He was hauling a Seymour Police Department trailer with his personal vehicle and sideswiped another car, then ran off the roadway and hit a tree.

Prosecutor Dustin Houchin said he's pleased with the outcome.

The plea agreement was what Newcomb had been charged with, he said. "His sentence is in line with others who commit that crime; it was a good outcome. We didn't treat him any better or any worse than anyone else in that situation."

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