Mitchell woman arrested for public intoxication

MITCHELL – Officers were called to check on the well-being of a Mitchell woman Tuesday afternoon, which culminated in an arrest for public intoxication.

Melissa Phillips

The female, identified as 59-year-old Melissa Phillips, was flailing her body around on the sidewalk in an attempt to “roll in the grass” near where the sidewalk was. Officers assisted Phillips in sitting up, where they could smell alcohol on her breath, and asked what she was doing, but could only mumble and heavily slur her words. Officer asked her if she had been drinking, and she again responded with mumbles.

Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Coble, drove up to the scene and alerted officers that he had previously dealt with Phillips in front of her rooming house half a block away from where officers were called to, where her daughter was supposed to pick her up.

Officers at the scene talked with Phillips who was unable to stand on her own, nearly falling multiple times before EMS arrived at the scene to check Phillips for any injuries and her well-being. She was then taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for an evaluation, before being cleared and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.