Drunk Carmel man arrested after walking into police car in Bloomington, police say

Carmel man claims to be lawyer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A Carmel man was arrested on a public intoxication charge after he stumbled into a police car, officers said.

Excise officers were working a traffic stop at 17th Street and Jordan Avenue on Saturday night when the man walked into the side of a police car while its emergency lights were running.

George W. Hemp, 21, who told officers he is a lawyer, was unable to say the alphabet or count and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, police said.

"Because of his severe level of intoxication and consistently incoherent statements, excise officers were concerned that he may walk into another car," Cpl. Travis Thickstun with the Indiana State Excise Police said in a news release. "He was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital's emergency department."

Hemp was arrested on a preliminary charge of public intoxication. He was being held at the Monroe County Jail.

Excise officers arrested 23 people on 27 charges, including illegal possession and consumption or alcohol, furnishing alcohol to a minor and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, near the Indiana University campus Saturday night.

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