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IU student charged with battery after Jimmy John's incident

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An IU student was arrested Monday after drunken exploits at Jimmy John’s allegedly ended in attacks against a police officer and an ambulance worker.

Megan Hinds, 21, is charged with felony battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

At about 6:30 p.m. officers responded to a call from the sandwich shop at 430 E. Kirkwood Ave. about a woman trying to steal food, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams said. When officers arrived employees pointed them to Hinds, who was still sitting at a table inside the restaurant and appeared intoxicated.

The employees told police Hinds had come into the store, grabbed a loaf of bread and started eating it without paying. She then started trying to take bags of chips and other items, and when employees tried to stop her, she struck several of them.

When the officers approached Hinds she told one of them she believed he was profiling her because she was white and ugly, Kellams said. The arresting officer was also white, and the backing officer was white with some Hispanic heritage, Kellams said.

Police determined Hinds was intoxicated enough to warrant calling an ambulance, Kellams said. While they waited, Hinds continued to verbally abuse the officers and eventually started striking and scratching them.

The ambulance arrived to take her to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. En route she began striking and scratching one of the ambulance personnel, Kellams said. She arrived at the hospital, and after she was checked out, she was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Center.

She was still intoxicated when officers closed the call at 9:30 p.m. She is not charged with public intoxication or the theft of the food. Kellams said police do not know where she had been drinking.

Jack Evans

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