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So a person walks into a bar, drains a couple of drinks and then, understanding that he's past the point of intoxication, asks a friend to drive him home.

Is that person, riding in the passenger seat, still at risk of criminal charges merely because he's had too much to drink?

Common sense would say no. The person did what society (and the law) compels him to do -- allow a designated driver to assist him.

But the Indiana Supreme Court, in its second peculiar ruling in recent weeks, says that a person can still be charged with public intoxication while riding in a vehicle, even if he or she commits no other illegal act.

Edited by Peter McGuire
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