Sec. 5. (a) A person who causes the death or catastrophic injury of another person when operating a vehicle:

(1) with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least eight-hundredths (0.08) gram of alcohol per:

Terms Used In Indiana Code 9-30-5-5

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
(A) one hundred (100) milliliters of the person’s blood; or

(B) two hundred ten (210) liters of the person’s breath;

(2) with a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of IC 35-48-2 or its metabolite in the person’s blood; or

(3) while intoxicated;

commits a Level 4 felony.

     (b) A person who causes the death of a law enforcement animal (as defined in IC 35-46-3-4.5) when operating a vehicle:

(1) with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least eight-hundredths (0.08) gram of alcohol per:

(A) one hundred (100) milliliters of the person’s blood; or

(B) two hundred ten (210) liters of the person’s breath; or

(2) with a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of IC 35-48-2 or its metabolite in the person’s blood;

commits a Level 6 felony.

     (c) A person who commits an offense under subsection (a) or (b) commits a separate offense for each person or law enforcement animal whose death (or catastrophic injury, in the case of a person) is caused by the violation of subsection (a) or (b).

     (d) It is a defense under subsection (a) or (b) that the person accused of causing the death or catastrophic injury of another person or the death of a law enforcement animal when operating a vehicle with a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of IC 35-48-2 or its metabolite in the person’s blood consumed the controlled substance in accordance with a valid prescription or order of a practitioner (as defined in IC 35-48-1) who acted in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice.

[Pre-1991 Recodification Citation: 9-11-2-5.]

As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.18. Amended by P.L.53-1994, SEC.6; P.L.97-1996, SEC.4; P.L.96-1996, SEC.4; P.L.33-1997, SEC.9; P.L.1-2000, SEC.9; P.L.120-2000, SEC.1; P.L.175-2001, SEC.9; P.L.82-2004, SEC.2; P.L.76-2004, SEC.4; P.L.2-2005, SEC.36; P.L.102-2010, SEC.1; P.L.125-2012, SEC.336; P.L.158-2013, SEC.161; P.L.26-2016, SEC.1; P.L.123-2017, SEC.2; P.L.63-2018, SEC.3; P.L.184-2019, SEC.6.