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Police: Shirtless man throws punches at officers, claims he is God in intoxicated disturbance

Lars Costello

Lars Costello is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 11:15 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 11:23 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A shirtless man in the middle of the road punched a police officer and claimed he was God Tuesday morning in an intoxicated disturbance, according to Lafayette police.

Lars Costello, 25, is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and battery on a law enforcement officer. 

About 1:40 a.m., neighbors called police for a well-being check on a man yelling in the street. Police said the man, later identified as Costello, did not have a shirt on and was threatening to throw a bottle at passing cars in the 200 block of Ferry Street.

Police said Costello was in an "aggravated state." Sgt. Mike Brown said officers believed he was on spice. 

When officers tried to arrest the man, police said he threw several punches. One punch hit an officer in the jaw. Brown said the officer punched him back and took him into custody. The officer was not seriously injured, but complained of pain. 

While in the patrol car, the man claimed he was God and said he was a member of the KKK, according to Brown. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, Costello was listed in the Tippecanoe County Jail. 

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