Local mayor faces OVI charge

By Brad Underwood - bio | email

LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - The mayor of Lawrenceburg, Indiana is facing drunk driving charges after a crash last week.

Charges were filed against William Cunningham and mailed to the Dearborn County clerk of courts by special prosecutor Melvin Wilhem of Franklin County, who is in charge of the special investigation due to a conflict of interest with Dearborn County prosecutor Aaron Negangard.

Cunningham failed a field sobriety test and had a reading of .15 percent, about twice the legal limit, in a breath test following a minor crash Oct. 22 outside the American Legion hall in Lawrenceburg.

He is facing misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.

If convicted, Mayor Cunningham could face one of two situations: he could face jail time anywhere between zero days to one year, or his license could be suspended for 30 days two years and he will be ordered to pay court costs and fines.