Ind. coroner convicted of DWI to seek re-election

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A central Indiana county coroner says she'll resign from office after pleading guilty to driving drunk to a death scene but will still seek re-election this fall.

Hancock County Coroner Tamara Vangundy's resignation is effective at the end of the month. Vangundy tells the Daily Reporter that she wants to give voters a chance to re-interview her for the position she was first elected to in 2008.

Vangundy's resignation wasn't required as part of her guilty plea to misdemeanor charges. She was sentenced Wednesday to a year on probation for driving to the scene of a teenager's suicide near New Palestine in May after drinking alcohol and taking a sleeping aid.

Defense attorney Carl Brizzi says the Republican coroner can hold office because she wasn't convicted of a felony.

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