LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) - A retired police officer was arrested Thursday after drunkenly asking police for a ride home like old times, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.
Patrick Lair, 59, drove to a gas station early Thursday morning and a worker there called police around 4:30 a.m. concerned the man, who identified himself as a retired officer, would get back in his car. The clerk said Lair was a regular, and when she noticed he was intoxicated she offered him a cup of coffee and asked if he wanted her to call a taxi. He didn't want the taxi, but she called police because she knew he was a retired officer.
Two officers responded to the gas station and watched as Lair stumbled out of the gas station, spilling a cup of coffee all over his shirt, according to the report. Lair asked the officers for a ride home because he'd had too much to drink, so they offered to call him a taxi.
"No, I want you to take me home, and he could drive my truck home and you can bring him back to his car," Lair told one of the officers, according to the report.
Both officers told Lair they couldn't do what he was proposing.
"Come on, I'm a retired (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) officer, worked 32 years, don't you remember the old school?" Lair told the officers, according to the report.
Officers continued trying to explain to Lair that they couldn't take him home, but he then asked if he could drive and have an officer follow him to ensure he arrived safely to his home. Police told him that also wasn't an option, according to the report.
Lair continued to display drunken behavior, and officers arrested him on a preliminary charge of public intoxication.
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