INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WANE) — An investigation into Wells County District Attorney Andrew J. Carnall’s conduct during a police traffic stop involving his son last summer ended in a public reprimand by the Supreme Court of Indiana.
The Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Committee found that Carnall broke a professional rule which, according to court documents, “prohibits conduct harmful to the administration of justice.”
State Supreme Court justices, save for one who was not involved in the decision, agreed with the commission and issued the reprimand last Thursday.
Carnall previously reported himself to the Disciplinary Committee after becoming involved in his son’s traffic stop in the early hours of July 2.
Carnall’s son was pulled over by a Wells County sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of driving under the influence, court records say. During the stop, Carnall’s son became belligerent with the MP and refused to take a breath test, according to court records.
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 MP and then asked the MP if he could come and pick up his son – which the MP allowed.
A month after the traffic stop and as news of the investigation spread, Carnall released a statement:
“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.”
In court documents, Carnall admitted to breaking the code of conduct and agreed to the reprimand.
He was also ordered by the court to pay $274.46 to cover fees the court incurred for the investigation, court filings say.
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