Excise cops bust 45 at Ball State

MUNCIE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana State Excise Police Officers arrested or issued citations to 45 people while working enforcement details Friday and Saturday in the area of Ball State University.

Excise officers arrested or cited 28 people during patrols Saturday night. The charges included illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage, illegal transportation of alcoholic beverages, drug related offenses, and various traffic violations. Most were issued summonses to appear in Muncie City Court at a later date and released.

Danny M. Songer, 22, Muncie, was arrested and booked into the Delaware County Jail on the preliminary felony charge of intimidation of law enforcement and the preliminary misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Songer was arrested in the intersection of Linden St and Carson St at approximately 12:45 a.m. where he was reportedly holding a bottle of vodka while shouting obscenities directed towards law enforcement officers nearby. He was still shouting the obscenities as Excise officers walked up behind him.

While being transferred to the custody of Delaware County Jail staff, Songer allegedly threatened to harm the arresting officer and his family once he bonded out.

Excise officers also issued 18 arrest summonses to 17 people Saturday during tailgating activities before and during Ball State’s home football game versus Akron. All of those summoned were for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage. One person was also issued a summons for possession of false identification.

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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