Man arrested for cutting in Muncie store line

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 26-year-old man and his father were arrested after an off-duty Muncie police officer complained about the man cutting in line at a Wal-Mart store.

Police say Edward Pluhar Jr. of Frankfort cut to the front of the line Sunday. What he didn't know was that Officer Chris Kirby was also waiting in the line.

Kirby says Pluhar refused when asked to wait his turn. Pluhar's father, 61-year-old Edward R. Pluhar Sr., then asked Kirby if he wanted to step outside. That's when Kirby told the men he was a police officer.

Kirby followed the men into the parking lot where they scuffled. Other officers arrived and arrested both Pluhars.

The elder Pluhar gives a different version of what happened. He says his son had been sent by a clerk to exchange an item and that when his son returned; the clerk waved him to the front of the line despite Kirby's objection.

He says he and his son tried to walk away from the confrontation, but Kirby followed them outside and never identified himself as a police officer.

Edward Pluhar Jr. was preliminarily charged with battery on a police officer, while his father was arrested on charges of intimidation and criminal recklessness.

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