SOUTH BEND — Police detective Sgt. James Walsh did not contest the police chief’s recommended 21-day suspension during a special meeting Wednesday of the Board of Public Safety.
With no request for a hearing from Walsh, the board approved the unpaid suspension, which was recommend by Chief Darryl Boykins after Walsh was arrested in October by state police, who accused him of driving under the influence on Indiana 2 near New Carlisle. A breathalyzer test later showed a 0.11 blood alcohol content.
In February, Walsh pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving.
On Wednesday, the board approved the 21-day suspension, which has been the standard suspension the board has given for at least the past five years to officers arrested for driving under the influence.