Excise officers arrest 187 at IU’s Little 500, cite 38 at Purdue’s Grand Prix

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 187 people on 240 charges during Indiana University’s Little 500 week.

Police say 155 people were arrested for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage and 17 people were arrested for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. Officers say most people who were arrested on alcohol related charges were issued a summons and released at the time, but were required to appear in Monroe County Court Sunday morning.

Excise officers say other charges included possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and various traffic related offenses, a release said.

A 20-year-old man was arrested late Saturday night on preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage after drawing the attention of officers by yelling that he had “Vicodin and Xanax” for sale. Police say the man walked up to an excise officer, tapped the officer on the arm and asked it they would like to purchase “some pills.”

When the officers asked for his ID, a bag with marijuana was seen when he took out his wallet. Officers also found nine Hydrocodone pills in the man’s pants pocket–he didn’t have a prescription for the medication. The man, identified as Joshua Kenney, was booked into the Monroe County Jail.

Police say they also arrested an Avon man early Saturday morning, who was jailed on an outstanding warrant for domestic battery in the presence of a child that was issued out of Vigo County. The man, 28-year-old Alexander Thomas, was arrested after a traffic stop. He was also preliminarily charged with driving while suspended with a prior conviction.

In West Lafayette, excise officers cited 38 people on 46 charges while working during Purdue University’s Grand Prix event. They issued 31 summonses for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage. Other charges included public intoxication, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

Police say they arrested 52-year-old George T. Armstrong Wednesday night. He was preliminarily charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, OWI with a BAC of .15 percent or higher, and OWI endangerment. He was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail.

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