Seven arrested at Fort Wayne bar by excise police

The Rusty Spur
The Rusty Spur

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Police arrested seven people trying to enter the Rusty Spur with false identification on Thursday night.

Indiana State Excise Police  Officers worked with the employees of the bar at 10350 Leo Road in Fort Wayne.

Among those arrested was a 19-year-old who faces charges of being in a tavern, possession of false ID and illegal consumption of alcohol. Another 19-year-old and five 20 year olds are charged with being in a tavern and possession of false ID. Three are also accused of making a false statement of age to a bar employee.

“State Excise Police Officers will continue to work diligently to ensure that minors who use counterfeit identifications to enter alcohol permit locations are prosecuted,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “The State Excise Police is committed to protecting the safety of youth by enforcing the laws that prohibit the use of counterfeit identifications to trick clerks and servers working in bars and package stores into serving or selling them alcoholic beverages.”

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. 

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