Winamac Man Arrested after Public Intoxication Incident, Officer Threatened

Paul Rausch

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department arrested Paul Rausch, of Winamac, after he allegedly threatened a police officer, on Sunday.

Officers were called to 1550 S. 50 E. in reference to an intoxicated person. The man, Paul Rausch, was reportedly laying in the parking lot at Poblano’s Restaurant. After talking to witnesses, Rausch had fallen face first onto the pavement prior to the officers’ arrival.

Rausch was reportedly intoxicated and as officers were handcuffing him to take him to jail on a charge of Public Intoxication, he began resisting arrest. He was tazed which had no effect on him. He was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital where he continued to be violent in the hospital. When the ER staff attempted to draw blood, they had to physically restrain him and strap him to the exam bed. The ER doctor ordered an IV to reduce his Blood Alcohol Content as it was .447%. He attempted to remove the IV by biting at the tube. He continued to be violent to hospital staff and police officers during his hospital stay. At one time, he verbally threatened a police officer by allegedly saying, “I’m going to kill that guy,” and pointed right at the officer.

After Rausch calmed down, he was taken to the Pulaski County Jail. He was arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement. The reporting officer is requesting that Rausch also be charged with Intimidation and Disorderly Conduct. The case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor for further review.