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Winter break

By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2014-12-18


Rod loves college. Heís a sophomore at Purdue. Even though heís only 20, heís a regular at a few college bars near campus. Rod works hard and parties even harder. Rod lives close to the bars so he never drives after drinking. Rod can easily pass for twenty-five and heís never been questioned about his fake ID. Rodís not a real person.

As much as he likes the college life, Rod is excited to return home for the holidays. Rod grew up in a small town a few hours away from Purdue. Rod is close with his family and loves the break from school.

Rodís mom is a bit surprised to hear Rod coming home after midnight. She shares her concerns with Rod after he wakes up just before noon. She reminds him that heís in her house and that nothing good happens in this town after 11 p.m. Nick laughs, gives his mom a hug and tells her not to worry.

The next day, Rodís family exchanges gifts with his relatives. Most of his cousins are older. Rod drinks a few beers throughout the day without his parentsí knowledge. Rod and his cousins eat, play video games, drink, eat more, watch football and play football outdoors.

That evening, Rod and his cousins head downtown. Rodís cousins ask him if he is okay to drive and Rod reminds them that he is in college and can handle the three-mile trip. Rod notices that one of the most popular bars in town has a great crowd. Rod drops off his cousins and parks. Rod joins the group just as three pitchers of beer arrive at the table.

After a few minutes, the owner comes to the table and asks Rod for his identification. Rod initially thinks heís joking. Rod tells the owner that he doesnít have his wallet. The owner tells Rod he needs to leave. The owner grabs Rodís arm leading him to the door.

Embarrassed and mad, Rod pulls a miniature Christmas tree out of its planter by the door and throws it into the street. Rodís cousins come out and tell him to calm down. Again, Rodís cousins ask Rod if heís okay to drive. Rod tells them heís fine.

Shortly after leaving downtown, a police officer stops Rodís car because Rod forgot to turn on the headlights. The officer recognizes Rod and chats about Purdue. Rod tells the officer heís had a couple of beers. The officer asks Rod if he threw a Christmas tree belonging to the bar into the street.

The officer arrests Rod for driving drunk and for criminal mischief. At the jail, the officer finds Rodís fake ID and tags on another charge.

Rod looks at the clock from his jail cell and notices itís a few minutes before midnight. Rodís mom is right Ė nothing good happens in this town after 11 p.m.

College students, be safe and smart. Happy Holidays.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you

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