Indiana high court upholds public intoxication law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court says it’s OK for police to arrest people who get drunk and annoy others in public settings.

The court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of Indiana’s public intoxication statute that makes it a misdemeanor if a person is drunk in a public place and “harasses, annoys or alarms another person.”

The Times of Munster reports the court’s 5-0 ruling overturns a February state Court of Appeals decision that struck down the “annoys” portion of the law as impermissibly vague.

Justice Steven David wrote in Thursday’s ruling that the word “annoys” is only vague if it stands alone. He says when the word is considered alongside “harasses” and “alarms,” as it must be, a reasonable person easily can understand the types of behavior that are prohibited. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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