Man arrested on public intoxication charge after interfering with horse rescue

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Charles Knights

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 28, 2015) – Indiana conservation officers arrested a Pittsboro man after they say he interfered with efforts to rescue horses from a flooded area.

Charles Knights Jr., 56, ignored repeated commands from authorities to get out of the flood waters and leave the area where the rescue was underway. More than a dozen horses were stranded for hours in the high water.

Knights faces multiple charges including resisting law enforcement, criminal trespass, refusal to leave an emergency incident area and public intoxication.

Multiple agencies were called Sunday afternoon to 6310 E. County Road 350 N. in Brownsburg to help with the rescue effort.

Investigators said Knights saw the incident on TV and entered the water. He swam toward fire personnel and attempted to call to the horses. He ignored commands from fire personnel, property owners and conservation officers to leave and wasn’t wearing any protective gear, investigators said.

Once he got out of the water, Knights resisted arrest before being taken into custody. Investigators detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath and took him to Hendricks Regional Health Hospital before moving him to the Hendricks County Jail.

Crews were able to get all of the horses to safety.

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