• Indianapolis Fire Department officer arrested in hit and run incident in Avon

    August 19, 2011 No comments

    A member of the Indianapolis Fire Department’s Arson Investigation Team was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident early Tuesday morning.

    In a story in today’s Hendricks County Flyer, Avon Police report that 42 year old James Burris of Brownsburg, was expected to turn himself in to authorities yesterday afternoon.

    Police say Duke Energy officials were called in reference to a power outage at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 9500 block of County Road 100 South. Responding to the call, they located a pole that had been struck by a vehicle.

    While responding to the scene, a Duke Energy employee noticed a silver 1999 Audi A6 passenger car “with obvious front end damage” on C.R. 900 E., which is about a half mile west of where the pole had been struck, and notified police.

    Police responded and found that the vehicle had been vacated. They ran the license plate and also found a wallet inside that carried Indianapolis Fire Department identification cards and a handgun permit in Burris’ name.

    A loaded gun, which had a stamp as a government issued weapon, was also found in the vehicle.

    Police say they opened the trunk of the car and found “dozens” of beers.

    Brownsburg Police were notified and dispatched to Burris’ home, but got no response.

    Officers then discovered that Burris had contacted Dave Franklin Towing at 2:50 a.m., asking them to pick up his vehicle. Police say he called Dave Franklin Towing again around 7:30 a.m., assuming that they had picked up the car the night before and requesting that it be taken to a collision center.

    Police say Burris had already filled out the necessary paperwork to have the car repaired and had also filed a claim with State Farm Insurance’s online service.

    When Dave Franklin Towing notified him that they did not have the car, Burris called Joe’s Garage and learned that they were holding his vehicle per police instructions.

    Burris then went to the Avon Police Station at around 9:45 a.m. Police there said he showed up “smelling like booze.”

    Police say Burris first told them that he was distracted by his cell phone and didn’t think that the accident was that significant. He said he walked to a rental property that he owns at County Road 150 South and State Road 267 in Avon. He also said that his cell phone battery had died so he was unable to make any other phone calls.


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