Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Ind. Law - "2 minors rewarded for helping fellow drinker"
Bok Blake reports in the South Bend Tribune about a case of the Indiana "lifeline law" in operation:
ILB: Here is a website with information on the lifeline law.
SOUTH BEND -- A loud noise complaint at a South Bend townhome community led to more than two dozen underage drinking citations early Sunday.
Two people, however, avoided citations by helping a friend who was severely intoxicated get medical assistance, according to the Indiana State Excise Police.
St. Joseph County police were called to Irish Crossings Townhomes around 1 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies found several people jumping off a balcony and running.
According to a release from the excise police, as excise officers were citing an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman for illegal consumption, among other charges, two minors walked outside carrying a severely intoxicated 22-year-old woman.
Police said the two minors admitted to being underage and drinking but wanted to get medical assistance for the woman. The woman was taken to Memorial Hospital of South Bend for treatment.
The two minors who brought the severely intoxicated woman to the officers’ attention were not cited and were released at the scene.
According to the excise police, Indiana’s new “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.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 27, 2013 09:04 AM
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