MUNCIE, Ind. (Aug. 25) – Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 18 people on 20 charges in Muncie this weekend.
On Friday, excise officers arrested 10 people for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. One adult was also charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
On Saturday, officers arrested seven people for illegal possession of alcohol and one for possession of marijuana.
They also arrested Oliver J. Forrow, 19, of Muncie, for disorderly conduct. Earlier Saturday evening, officers cited Forrow for illegal possession of alcohol and told him to go home. A short time later, he was found standing in the middle of Linden Street screaming obscenities. He was given a verbal warning for disorderly conduct and told again to go home. About 10 minutes later, he was observed attempting to instigate a fight with a group of males at their residence. He was then taken to Delaware County Jail on a preliminary charge of disorderly conduct.
The State Excise Police encourages you to call 911 if someone appears to be in need of medical attention, even if you’re not sure how serious the condition is. After calling 911, always stay with the person needing help. You may be able to provide valuable information and assist authorities. Indiana’s Lifeline Law provides immunity for certain alcohol-related offenses for someone who calls for medical assistance for someone else, and then remains at the scene and cooperates with authorities. The priority is to get medical care to those in need of it, regardless of the circumstances.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.