BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Aug. 25) – Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 93 people on 129 charges in Bloomington this weekend.
Excise officers arrested 56 people for underage possession or consumption of alcohol, 20 of whom were also charged with possession of false ID’s. Several of those were also cited for making a false statement of age to a licensed establishment. Four minors were also arrested for being in a tavern or liquor store.
Seventeen adults were arrested for furnishing or providing alcohol to a minor. Other people were arrested for cited on 32 additional charges, including driving while suspended and various other traffic offenses.
A 19-year-old man from Highland, Ind., was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by excise officers after he tested .257% BAC. He was later taken to the Monroe County Jail on preliminary charges of illegal consumption and public intoxication.
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.