Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 16, 2014

Jury convicts man for battery, resisting arrest


Greensburg Daily News

---- — SULLIVAN – A Sullivan County jury convicted a Farmersburg man Wednesday on three charges stemming from an arrest by State Excise Police after a fight with his family.

On March 10, police responded to the 800 block of E. County Road 1175 North in Farmersburg after a 911 call. The caller said that Adam D. Drake, 33, of Farmersburg, had thrown his family out of their residence and fought with family members.

After officers arrived to investigate, Drake became belligerent and punched his father in the face and then ran into another room in the residence. Drake then yelled “I’m not going” and charged at an Excise Officer, who fired his TASER, hitting Drake’s abdomen. Drake moaned, but continued toward the officer, punching him in the head just above the officer’s eye. He was then put on the ground and handcuffed.

Drake was arrested on preliminary charges of battery (a misdemeanor), battery on a law enforcement officer (a felony) and resisting law enforcement (a misdemeanor).

Drake’s sentencing hearing is at 1:30 p.m. June 6 in Sullivan Superior Court.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police assisted in this investigation.

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.

– Daily News