State Excise Police Arrest 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday


Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 18 people on 20 charges during Saturday’s races and concerts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Most were charged with alcohol or drug-related offenses. Most of the arrests were for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, with 16 people facing that charge. Other charges include furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of false identification.

The most serious charges were filed against an Indianapolis man. Robert Penrod, 38, is charged with possession of heroin and possession of a controlled substance. A plainclothes excise officer saw Penrod using a rolled up dollar bill to snort heroin in the passenger seat of a truck, according to a news release from the agency.

Excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, but they mainly focus on alcohol, tobacco and related offenses.