Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 11, 2012

Deputy prosecutor arrested April 1

Lori Hittle works in Howard Superior Court 2

Tribune staff writer

CICERO — A Howard County deputy prosecutor was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving April 1 in Cicero, Hamilton County officials confirmed.

Lori Hittle, 42, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail shortly before 2 a.m. on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated, endangering. Hittle bonded out of jail around 5:30 p.m. the same day.

The Cicero Police Department was the arresting agency on the case.

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann said Hittle informed him on April 2 that she’d been arrested.

“Until her case is settled, I’m not going to comment or take any action,” McCann said, adding that he’s unaware of any professional disciplinary action pending against Hittle.

“She’s innocent until proven guilty, until there is some resolution,” he said.

Hittle did not return a call seeking comment.

Howard Superior Court 2 Judge Brant Parry said Hittle has continued to prosecute cases in his court, and said Tuesday he was unaware of her arrest.

“She needs to follow her ethical obligations on who to report that to, and the remainder is between her and [McCann],” Parry said.

Cicero Police officials referred questions to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office, and no formal charges have been filed in Hamilton County in connection with the arrest. The prosecutor’s office didn’t respond immediately Wednesday to a request for comment.

• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via email at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com