Friday, February 20, 2009

"You can't arrest me, you're a referee"

Among the many reasons not to attack a high school referee: He may be an off-duty state trooper. The Munster (Ind.) Times reports on a fan who picked a fight with the wrong guy.

From the article:

"The referee who was attacked -- Indiana State Police Trooper Glen Fifield -- said Rempala rushed out of the stands after the game and confronted the referees, screaming "you suck."

"Fifield said Rempala pointed at his chest and bumped him, but Fifield tried to walk away. A school official stepped in between the two, but he said Rempala went around the official and came after him again. Fifield said Rempala pushed him, at which time he identified himself as a police officer and told him he was under arrest.

"Rempala said, "You can't arrest me, you're a referee," and he pushed the trooper again, Fifield said. After a struggle and with assistance from spectators, Fifield gained control of Rempala and arrested him. Fifield said during the struggle, Rempala tried to choke him with his referee's whistle lanyard. Fifield said he suffered knee and shoulder pain after the struggle.

"Rempala, once he realized the referee he attacked really was a trooper, reportedly said, "That's not fair."

Thanks to Stephanie Compton for the tip.

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