INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Even people with designated drivers could land in jail under an Indiana Supreme Court decision upholding a passenger's public intoxication conviction.
The court's 4-1 decision came in the case of an Indianapolis woman arrested in 2008. A state appeals court overturned her conviction, but the Supreme Court said it was valid because she admitted being drunk and cars traveling on public roads are considered public places.
State Sen. Michael Young told The Indianapolis Star he doesn't think the court was wrong in its decision, but the law should be changed. He said people who are drunk should have to be disruptive or dangerous before they can be arrested for public intoxication.
"I think it just shows that until we change the law, more innocent people are going to be made (into criminals)," the Indianapolis Republican said.