A source tells Advance Indiana that Ryan blew a 0.27 on a portable breathalyzer test. A fellow Butler assistant police chief, John Conley, was reportedly awaiting Ryan's arrival at the Arrestee Processing Center when he was taken into custody. Conley is a former IMPD commander who retired last year. Both report to Ben Hunter, the university's Director of Public Safety who is also a Republican member of the Indianapolis City-County Council. Butler Police are notorious for arresting motorists on Indianapolis' north side near the campus for speeding and drunk driving.
UPDATE: The Indianapolis Star now has a report up confirming Ryan's arrest. The news story even acknowledges the arrest was first reported on this blog. The story notes that the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office has not yet filed formal charges in the case:
An assistant police chief at Butler University was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving drunk with a blood alcohol content of .27, a police report notes.
A Butler spokesman confirmed that police arrested Assistant Chief Andrew Ryan, 52, around 6:15 p.m. on the Eastside after a crash.
The police report states Ryan was driving near the intersection of North Arlington Avenue and East Washington Street when he turned his car in front of another vehicle, colliding with it.
News of the arrest was first noted by Gary R. Welsh on his Advance Indiana blog.
Ryan failed two field sobriety tests, the police report notes. A breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit.
The driver of the other vehicle injured her hand.
Marc Allan, the Butler University spokesman, said the university is still collecting information about the arrest.
“We take this situation very seriously,” Allan said.
Ryan’s employment status at the university was not immediately available.
Ryan was booked in the Marion County Jail on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was released after posting bail on Sunday . . .