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Lifeline law helps South Bend woman after underage drinking party

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The following is a press release from the Indiana State Excise Police:
 
Indiana's new Lifeline Law lead to medical assistance for a severely intoxicated South Bend woman early Sunday morning.
 
Around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, Saint Joseph County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Irish Crossings Townhomes in South Bend after complaints of loud noise. When they arrived, several people jumped off of the balcony and ran. Indiana State Excise Police officers were dispatched to assist.
 
Outside the residence, excise officers cited an 18-year-old woman for illegal consumption after she tested .116% BrAC. A 20-year-old woman was then arrested for illegal consumption, false informing, hindering law enforcement and misuse of license – all misdemeanors.
 
While making this arrest, two unidentified minors walked outside carrying a severely intoxicated 22-year-old woman. Both said they were underage and had been drinking alcoholic beverages, but they wanted to get medical assistance for the intoxicated woman. Excise officers immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services personnel, who transported her to a local hospital.
 
Neither of the two minors was cited for any offense. Both were released at the scene.
 
Officers then resumed their investigation into the underage-drinking party. A total of 31 people were cited for illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages. None of those cited played any part in seeking medical attention for the severely-intoxicated woman.
 
The State Excise Police encourages you to call 911 if someone appears to be in need of medical attention, even if you're not sure how serious the condition is. After calling 911, always stay with the person needing help. You may be able to provide valuable information and assist authorities. Indiana's 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. The priority is to get medical care to those in need of it, regardless of the circumstances.

Indiana State Excise Police arrested over 300 people across the state this past weekend.
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