The Indiana Supreme Court files a lawsuit against the Wells County Attorney

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WANE) — A commission from the Indiana Superior Court is seeking to discipline Wells County District Attorney Andrew Carnall over a traffic stop involving his son last summer.

The Disciplinary Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court filed a disciplinary complaint against Carnall on Thursday alleging professional misconduct.

The complaint is asking that Carnall receive an unspecified penalty and reimbursement of costs used by the court in its investigation.

Carnall previously reported himself to the Disciplinary Committee after becoming involved in his son’s traffic stop in the early hours of July 2.

According to court records, Carnall’s son was pulled over by a Wells County sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of drink driving. During the stop, Carnall’s son became argumentative with the MP and refused to take a breath test, court records say.

The deputy then called Carnall and then allowed him to speak to his son, court documents say. Carnall asked his son to work with the deputy and then asked the deputy if he could come and pick up his son.

According to court documents, the deputy authorized Carnall to do so.

A month after the traffic stop and as word broke that Carnall was under investigation, he released this statement to various media outlets:

“A few weeks ago I was woken up in the early hours by a police officer who had my son pulled over for speeding and suspected he had been drinking and driving. After a short discussion, I made a bad decision to demand that I come and get my son.”

The state Supreme Court will now review the Disciplinary Committee’s recommendation, although there is no timetable for how long Carnall’s case will drag through the legal system. The Indiana Supreme Court files a lawsuit against the Wells County Attorney

Dais Johnston

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