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officer charged with OWI resigns

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 15:58 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A LaPorte County sheriff's deputy arrested twice now for operating while intoxicated has resigned.

Neil Lachmund, 39, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday, said LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd.

''We're sorry that it came to this but it was a decision he ultimately had to make,'' Boyd said.

Lachmund also made his initial appearance Wednesday in LaPorte Circuit Court on the level 6 felony charge.

According to courtroom officials, he was given until September 19 to secure the services of legal counsel.

An omnibus hearing was also set for October 31.

According to LaPorte City Police, he was pulled over late Saturday night after veering over the center line and onto the shoulder multiple times on Indiana 2 from the downtown to the city's east side.

Lachmund, a close to 10-year member of the sheriff's office, had an alleged .21-percent blood alcohol level.

The charge was upgraded to a felony because of a prior OWI conviction in Elkhart County from 2014.

In both arrests, Lachmund was off-duty in his own personal vehicle, Boyd said.

He was released Sunday afternoon from the LaPorte County Jail after posting $750 bond.

As part of his release, Lachmund also had to pay $300 for an ignition interlock device that prevents the engine of his vehicle from starting if he's consumed alcohol while awaiting the outcome of the allegations, courtroom officials said.

Boyd said Lachmund was well-liked and a good patrol officer who has a problem that needs addressing.

''We're here for him and we'll provide him any support that he may need and any help that he may need,'' Boyd said.
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