(Michigan City, IN) - More details have been reported about an alleged hit-and-run motor vehicle crash by the mayor of Michigan City in a city-owned vehicle.
According to WSBT-TV out of South Bend, a report by Indiana State Police shows Duane Parry was in a city-owned Ford Explorer when he struck a water pipe in the grass at Washington Park.
The report also revealed the mayor kept driving over the pipe sticking above the ground, and the exhaust system was ripped from the vehicle, according to WSBT.
The crash was allegedly not reported, but Parry was later questioned about it by state police, who were brought in to investigate to avoid a conflict of interest.
According to WSBT, the police report also shows Parry was given a urine test, and according to the report, he “apparently had been drinking.”
The crash allegedly happened on August 5 during the weekend of the heavily attended Great Lakes Grand Prix. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,000 to $2,500.
City Councilman Paul Przybylinski said the mayor could have violated policy governing the use of city-owned vehicles by allegedly not reporting the crash right away. However, Przybylinski is unsure if there was a violation because of how the policy is worded.
Przybylinski plans to revise the policy to contain more specific language and teeth for enforcement purposes.
WSBT also showed a video of Parry refusing to discuss the matter and threatening to have a reporter removed from City Hall if she didn’t put down a TV camera.