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Fort Wayne mayor faces drunk driving charges after weekend arrest

Mayor Tom Henry
Tony Sandleben
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry read from a prepared statement Sunday afternoon in response to his arrest earlier in the day for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was arrested following a minor car accident late Saturday night.

He is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Allen Superior Court's misdemeanor and traffic division for an initial hearing on two misdemeanor charges: operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration equivalent to 0.15 or more, according to court records.

The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in Indiana is 0.08.

Henry mugshot
Allen County Sheriff's Department
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's mugshot after his arrest early Sunday morning for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was arrested after a minor crash.

No injuries were reported. However, Henry admits to getting behind the wheel after drinking at a local event late Saturday night.

At Citizens Square Sunday afternoon he read a prepared statement to the press.

“I’m terribly embarrassed by the poor decision-making that occurred last evening," Henry said. "Today, I am here for a single purpose, and that is to express my heartfelt and sincere apology to all the citizens of our city.”

Henry says he will accept whatever consequences the legal system imposes. He also apologized to his family and the Fort Wayne Police Department.

“I am sorry that I put our police department in that situation last evening,” he said.

Henry, a Democrat, is up for re-election next year.

So far, Republican City Councilman Tom Didier is his only opponent.

He released a statement Sunday afternoon saying in part “I have known the Henry family for much of my life, and our relationship goes way beyond politics.I am glad that no one was seriously harmed and would encourage everyone to pray for those involved."

Mayor Henry declined to answer additional questions.

Tony Sandleben joined the WBOI News team in September of 2022.