Jasper man arrested after drinking, fighting at park

A Jasper man was arrested May 1 at a Brown County State Park campground for arguing with a woman after being asked to stop by police.

At around 8 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer Joseph Tenbarge responded to the Raccoon Ridge Campground for a report of a man yelling and screaming. Campers at a neighboring site reported to park management that they saw a black Chevrolet Traverse pull up and two people exit who appeared to be intoxicated and carrying beer bottles, a probable cause affidavit states.

As Tenbarge was approaching the campsite where the Traverse was parked, he reported hearing a man — later identified as 25-year-old Derek Heichelbech — yelling at a woman who was sitting in the vehicle three campsites away.

Heichelbech told Tenbarge he had had several beers. Tenbarge reported he had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and was stumbling.

Tenbarge told both of them to stop drinking and yelling and to go to sleep. He warned both of them if he had to return they would be taken to jail, the affidavit said.

Less than an hour later, Tenbarge was called back because park management had received another report of arguing, yelling and screaming coming from the campsite.

The woman said Heichelbech was doing most of the yelling since he was drunk. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.21, almost three times the legal limit. The woman had a BAC of 0.09.

Heichelbech was arrested. On May 8, he was charged with public intoxication, a misdemeanor.