Mayor Should Have Taken Indiana DUI Class

by: Mike Miller

Alcohol makes people do stupid things. Driving under the influence (DUI) is just one of the many things people who have been drinking do that is really not smart. If you are in public office, often times these indiscretions become embarrassing public spectacles. The following story involving a former mayor is one such episode.

Alfred Cooper, Sr., the former mayor of Oakland City, Indiana, faces five misdemeanor charges after he head-butted an officer while drunk during an event held at a golf course. This as reported in the Courier Press.

Who in their right mind would head-butt an officer of the law? The answer is that alcohol must have created temporary insanity.

The 53-year-old Cooper became loud and abusive toward his wife, cursing at her and grabbing her violently by the wrist. The officer was working off-duty as private security at the time of the incident at the Oakland City Golf Course.

Cooper's son told police he tried to take his father home but he refused to leave, cursing at son and slapping him in the neck.

At the time of his arrest, Cooper was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes and could not walk without staggering. Cooper’s blood alcohol content was 0.15, according to a portable Breathalyzer test.

So because of his drinking and tantrum, Cooper now faces formal charges of domestic battery, resisting arrest and battery resulting in injury, all class A misdemeanors; as well as public intoxication and disorderly conduct, both class B misdemeanors.

Do you think alcohol played a role in this? I sure think so. Do you think Cooper should take an alcohol class? I do too!