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Retired ISP Trooper and Clark County Captain Garrison Sentenced Monday for OWI

LAWRENCE COUNTY - DECEMBER 14, 2023 - Retired Indiana State Police Trooper and former Clark County Sheriff Department Captain Russell Garrison was sentenced for operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person in a plea agreement with the Lawrence County Prosecutor's office.



File photo: Retired Indiana State Trooper and former Clark County Sheriff Captain Russell Garrison


The charge of leaving the scene of an accident when driver fails to immediately stop was dismissed by Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline.


Cline noted that Garrison is a Marine and pointed out this was Garrison's first criminal conviction.


Garrison was repreented by Bloomington attorney Joseph Lozano and Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel Arp II prosecuted the case for the State of Indiana.





Photo: Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline


Garrison was sentenced to four days in the Lawrence County Jail which has been noted on the sentencing report as time served however the My Case shows he must serve 2 days with nothing suspended.


Garrison was ordered to pay $389.50 in court costs and $50 bond fee.



In addition, he was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution to the Clark County Sheriff's Department. Liberty Mutual paid $26,000 to Clark County after the 2016 Dodge Durango was considered a total loss.



Garrison was a Captain for the Clark County Sheriffs Department when in April 2022 the following accident was reported to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.


Garrison was terminated by the Clark County Sheriff's Department.


In April 2022 Garrison was arrested on the misdemeanor charges of Operating While Intoxicated endangering a person, and leaving the scene of an accident fails to immediately stop at the scene.



According to the Lawrence County Police report at 1:53 p.m. on Friday an Indian Creek Volunteer firefighter reported that a red color SUV struck a telephone pole in the 5100 block of State Road 450. The vehicle left the scene and continued traveling towards Bedford.


The vehicle struck the pole with enough force causing it to break and fall unto the roadway.


While responding to the incident, Lawrence Central dispatch received a report the vehicle was located at Revere's gas station. Officers located the vehicle and with Garrison in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The vehicle had heavy front-end damage.


Garrison agreed to a field sobriety test at the scene. However, Garrison did not agree to do a blood draw at the hospital. A search warrant was applied for, and Judge Nathan Nikirk issued a search warrant.


Garrison was medically cleared from the IU Health Hospital and then transported to the Lawrence County Jail.


Garrison was previously arrested for domestic battery and charges against him was dropped following a motion by the State of Indiana to drop the charges back in November 2021.


Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer granted the motion to dismiss the charges without prejudice on his previous domestic battery charges.


Lawrence County Zephyr followed the case through its entirety.


For breaking news and information go to lczephyr.org or Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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