Prosecutor declines charges of former commissioner

A former Johnson County commissioner will not be charged with a crime after toxicology results showed he was under the legal limit to drive following a September arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge Richard J. McConnell for the incident.

McConnell was involved in a car accident that injured a pregnant woman, and was initially arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Johnson County Prosecutor Joe Villanueva decided to hold off on charging McConnell at the time of the accident, instead waiting for blood toxicology results before making a decision.

The toxicology results showed McConnell was driving at .019 and tested negative for all drugs, Villanueva said. The legal limit to drive in Indiana .08.

McConnell is a long-time attorney and partner at Bose McKinney and Evans law firm in Indianapolis. McConnell was a county commissioner from 2005 until his resignation in 2007. He was a member of the Johnson County Council for about two years before he was elected to the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.