Over 100 arrest this weekend by excise police
Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 121 people over the weekend in Bloomington and Muncie on alcohol related charges.
Officers arrested 74 people on 125 charges in Bloomington and 47 people were arrested on 71 charges in Muncie since Friday night.
Excise officers in Bloomington arrested 60 people for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. Thirty-one people were cited or arrested on charges related to possessing a false ID. Thirteen minors were charged with making a false statement of age to an employee at a licensed establishment. Two people were also charged with being in a tavern or liquor store.
Ten adults were charged with providing alcohol to minors. Two people were also arrested for theft.
On Thursday night, Peter Ferretti, 24, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated and OWI/endangering after officers saw his vehicle hit a curb on Atwater Avenue, then go on top of the curb nearly striking a tree, then return to the road, where the driver failed to signal his lane change.
On Saturday night, Austin Dunn, 20, of Greenwood, Ind., was arrested after he fled from an excise officer at Kilroy's Sports Bar, where he tried to get in using a false ID. The officers chased Dunn to the alley behind the Monroe County Jail. After arresting Dunn, officers found a pill bottle with a white powdery substance that a preliminary field test indicated was positive for cocaine. Dunn was preliminarily charged with possession of cocaine, resisting law enforcement, illegal consumption of alcohol, false statement of age and possession of false ID.
Two men were also arrested on Saturday night after officers saw them walking with cans of Four Loco near 13th Street and Fess Avenue.
John Flaherty, 18, of Hinsdale, Ill., was jailed on preliminary charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and resisting law enforcement. Sean Flaherty, 18, of Peoria, Ill., was jailed on a preliminary charge of illegal consumption of alcohol after he tested .244% BAC on a portable breath test. Sean Flaherty twice told the officer he was 17 years of age.
Five people were also issued traffic tickets for various infractions, including for open container violations.
The arrest in Muncie were down from last weekend, when excise officers arrested 71 people on 88 charges as Ball State University students returned to campus for classes last week.
On Friday, 24 minors were arrested on 27 charges, including: illegal possession of alcohol, false statement of age, misuse of driver's license and possession of false ID. Five adults were cited on six charges, including furnishing alcohol to minors and various traffic violations.
On Saturday, 16 minors were arrested on 30 charges, including: illegal possession of alcohol, possession of false ID, false statement of age, open container (in vehicle) and various traffic violations. Two adults were cited or jailed on eight alcohol- and traffic-related charges.
Randy T. Gibson, 27, of Gaston, was preliminarily jailed on seven charges after excise officers saw him traveling on Riverside with no headlights. Gibson was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated with prior conviction, operating while intoxicated with BAC greater than .15%, operating while intoxicated/refusal, driving while suspended with prior conviction and public intoxication. Gibson was also arrested for failure to appear on a previous case in Delaware County. He was ticketed for failing to use headlights when required, as well.
"The goal of the State Excise Police this week is to help ensure that students arrive on college campuses across the state safely," Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. "Sadly, in recent years, at least one student has lost a life because of the excessive consumption of alcohol. We will work diligently to prevent such tragic losses of life."