New blood test results for Terry J. Record, 26, show that his blood-alcohol content Sunday night was between .15 and .17, about twice the level at which an Indiana driver is considered drunk, police said today.
Record has been charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death, and one count of reckless homicide, said Matthew Symons, the prosecutor's spokesman. One of the drunken driving charges is a Class B felony, a more serious charge allowed when blood-alcohol content tests at more than .15.
WRTV reports that witnesses tell police Record spent more than 4 hours at the strip club during which he consumed 14 beers and six shots. Does the word "overserving" come to mind? WRTV also reports Record was fired from his state job on Wednesday.
The Star's Murray reports that Record's attorney, David E. Lewis, will seek to have Record's $100,000 bond reduced at his initial hearing tomorrow. Record's bail was set when he was originally arrested on a lesser Class C felony and OWI charges.
The question everyone who's been following this case closely has been asking this week is whether Record was drinking alone. The town is abuzz with rumors there may have been others drinking with Record at Brad's Brass Flamingo last Sunday night who don't want their names drawn into this tragedy. It was reported earlier that police obtained surveillance video from the strip club showing Record drinking after he denied consuming more than 4 drinks and refused to take a breathalyzer test. Will Record name others and call them as witnesses at his trial?
Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is appointing a special prosecutor to handle the case because Record worked for his office for a brief period before he was fired for lying about his involvement in a hit-and-run last October. Record admitted he struck a parked car and overturned his car after leaving a bar in Broad Ripple but only after he initially reported his car stolen to police. Neither the police nor Brizzi's office pursued charges in that case, or another case in December where Record's vehicle was suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run in downtown Indianapolis resulting in injury to a pedestrian. It will be interesting to see if the prosecutor opens up those cases as well for possible prosecution in this latest incident.
UPDATE: Record's bond was reduced from $100,000 to $10,000 at his hearing this morning in front of Judge Grant Hawkins against the urging of the prosecutor's office. Hawkins says the advisory bond in this case is $5,000. Jon Murray also reports a police officer testified about the second suspected hit-and-run involving Record. Murray writes, "In December, McCalip said, the license plate of Record's car was recorded by a witness to a pedestrian hit-and-run in Downtown Indianapolis." "He admitted he was the owner of the vehicle, but he did not think he was driving at that time," McCalip said. "The crash resulted in minor injuries to the victim, who lives in Pennsylvania, the detective said."