Arrested For Public Intoxication – Inside a Bar?

Irving, TX police partnered recently with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) in an attempt to reduce drunken driving. Did they pull people over leaving the bar? No. They partied with them in clubs and after doling out field sobriety tests (in the club); they made arrests (in the club). NBC5I.com reports:

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has taken its fight against drunken driving to a new level. TABC agents, along with Irving police, targeted 36 bars and clubs Friday, arresting some allegedly intoxicated patrons before they departed the businesses.

Has something changed recently that made a private business public domain? I looked up the penal code for public intoxication and found that public is defined as:

(40) “Public place” means any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.

One definition of public intoxication is: A person commits the crime of public intoxication if he appears in a public place under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other drug to the degree that he endangers himself or another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct annoys another person in his vicinity.

The details of the arrests are not public at this moment, but experience tells me that clubs have bouncers to handle bad drunks. Experience tells me that some people drink a little more because they have a friend driving. The legal intoxication limit in the state of Texas is .08. That is slightly more than one drink an hour for my body type. Makes you wonder if they are trying to bring back alcohol prohibition.

I am late for a dinner reservation and I do not think that I will be drinking soda with my steak. If you guys don’t hear from me, call the Dallas area jails. I may have been arrested for PI in a private business.

posted by michelleshinghal
  • Stephen Gordon

    Just wait until TABC starts coming in your house to test you, too.

  • http://strangeland.blogdrive.com stranger

    i was living in virginia a few years ago when the loudoun and fairfax county police were both doing similar “raids” – arresting people who were drunk inside bars. gotta love it.

  • http://www.libertyfilter.com putrimalu

    Sounds to me like a useless Bureau trying to justify its existence, and some useless cops who didn’t want to waste time trying to catch real criminals.

    I wonder if they’d post agents in pharmacies to arrest purchasers of cough medicine, because it could be used to make meth.

  • Michelle Shinghal

    putrimalu,
    I was fixing to (in southern twang) be late for dinner and did not give you proper credit for mentioning it in the tips section. Mea culpa. Obviously Bob’s Steak and Chop House wasn’t raided and I am home just sober enough to get stupid without an excuse. ;o)

  • Michelle Shinghal

    And you cannot buy cough meds off the shelf anymore in Plano. You have to take a tag off the wall, go to the pharmacist, present ID (all the while hacking and spreading the germ) before you can buy relief.

  • paulie cannoli

    nothing too new….I was arrested for public intoxication back in the early 90s on “the strip” in Tuscaloosa, which is a row of bars…I lived one block away and walked. Also, I wasn’t drunk. I had had one beer, one coffee cup of rum and one joint. Meantime some sorority girls were drunk enough to sit on the sidewalk laughing. This was years before TPD installed the upskirt and downblouse cameras on the strip, at least that we know of.

  • SciGuy

    And here in NY, a bill has been proposed that would force bar owners to install security cameras to record their customers’ comings and goings. Justified by the tragic murder of some poor gal in NYC, you just know that what those electric eyes see will be demanded for loads of different reasons.

    SciGuy

  • http://www.myspace.com/frankworley Frank Worley

    I have to say this is just rediculous. Do police in Texas realize how much the state generates in revenue from alocohol sales? And what a negative impact this will have?

    Perhaps its first appropriate to question the whole concept behind “public intoxication” in the first place. What a loopy concept. You can drink, but if you act drunk in public, you are going to jail.

    Now drunk driving, I can see some concern there. But the only reason to go into a bar is a PR stunt that apparenlty worked well.

    Frank

  • paulie cannoli

    On the plus side, it may lead to the return of 1920s-style speakeasies. I think those would be fun, like a crackhouse for drinkers.

  • paulie cannoli

    40) “Public place” means any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.

    And shops? I wonder if this means we have another open access state for petitioning?

  • http://alexkinsella.blogspot.com Alex

    I’d love to see them try and bring back prohibition – there’d be a mass exodus of Americans leaving for Mexico and Canada.

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Why don’t we send the people who make shitty decisions like arresting people in a bar to Mexico or Canada? Why should we move because a few people suck?

  • paulie cannoli

    How about China? Just stick a return to sender label on the containers piling up at our ports and freight terminals.

  • Lisa

    Putrimalu sid:

    “I wonder if they’d post agents in pharmacies to arrest purchasers of cough medicine, because it could be used to make meth.”

    Here in Arizona you have to go to the pharmacy to get cough medicine with pseudoephedrine in it. You have to fill out a form and give your personal information and your driver’s license to the pharmacist that is then given to the police where they monitor the amout of cough medicine you buy.

  • Porky

    This is just an extension of the patriot act. How dare they use the word patriot with anything that has anything to do with that act.

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  • Nick

    So, If a bar or club is public, can a group hold protests, sit-ins, etc… there? Id love to go to a bar with giant Anti-Bush/ Anti-TABC signs and see how the law enforcement interprets “public” then.

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  • http://www.blakeramick.net/journal/ Blake

    It’s funny how Porky and Nick assoicate this stuff with something Bush did. Stick to the facts and talk about the subject at hand. Just because it’s happening in Tx it must be Bush’s fault? GIVE ME A BREAK.

    Being a native from Dallas, I’ve already heard of several instances of this happening in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. It’s going to get faunt in court eventually. In eiter ase I think the cities are taking this way out of context and I don’t think people are going to sit by and watch. It should intereesting to see how all of this turns out.

  • John

    Sounds like it is time for another “Boston Tea Party”?

    I though the 1929 Probition issue was settled law, but the “Bible Thumpers” keep at it? Are we a Democratic country or just another Theocratic middle eastern dictatorship? The next issue will be arresting Democrats for not being Republicans at election polling places to again rig the elections?

    Give Texas back to Mexico and let them deal with these idiots!!!!! Or at least Crawford anyway :)

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  • http://www.libertyfilter.com putrimalu

    putrimalu,
    I was fixing to (in southern twang) be late for dinner and did not give you proper credit for mentioning it in the tips section.

    That’s okay. It happens.

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  • http://yahoo Rikki

    My husband was recently arrested in a bar in Alabama for public intoxication. I have never heard of PI in a bar where you get drunk. Im tring to research to find out if this is even an actual law or if he is being screwed!