Man Attacks Referee, Who Happens To Be State Trooper

Authorities say a 64-year-old Indiana man upset over the outcome of a high school basketball game attacked a referee -- who happened to be a state trooper.

Patrick Rempala, of Michigan City, is charged with battery and resisting arrest.

Police say Rempala rushed from the stands last week after Michigan City Marquette's 33-32 loss to Washington Township High School and yelled at the referees before pointing at Trooper Glen Fifield and bumping him.

Fifield says he walked away but Rempala pushed him again. The trooper then identified himself and told Rempala he was under arrest. Rempala allegedly tried to choke the officer with the neckstrap of his whistle before he was taken in.

A telephone message seeking comment was left for Rempala.


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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    Mr. Sam: Calling me a boy is childish and insulting. You are NOT man enough to accept that. You wrote "should of been arrested" and "did'nt". Those quotes are directly from your post. I didn't make them up. Take responsibility for that atrocious English.The fact that I was wrong about your GPA doesn't diminish the fact that it doesn't reflect on your the poorly written English you have displayed. You turn around with your childish stories and diatribe to deflect the blame towards me. It doesn't work that way, Sir. Jealous of you, please? High school drop out, Mr. Sam get a grip. Your desperate measures from a desperate supposedly a former college student who can't write English correctly. BTW is PJ Carlessimo; you can't even quote a name right. I was a college student, thank you. Whether I was a college student, successful in life or NOT does NOT have anything to do with your barbaric pathetic written English which you don't want to take responsibility for, facts, Sir. Thank you
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Deadfish, the 3.9 GPA was in high school, before I went to ECU, DUH. As far as contractions, you do not have to use a contraction if you do not want to, and I choose not to. Get your facts straight before you talk. Apparently you try to make me look stupid when I must be fairing out more succesful than you. You must be jealous of me and try to put me down, not going to happen. I would expect that you must have been a high school dropout that is jealous of college students and alumni around here are you? What are you going to say next "Hey everybody, my name is Deadfish and I like to read Dr. Seuss books and just sit arond on my fat butt and drink six cans of Pepsi throughout the day." Apparently you need REMEDIAL English class boy.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Sam: Hello everybody to Sam Walmart's specials: Evidently he didn't learn any English at the #206 academically rated school in the nation called ECU. When a former college student writes this atrocious: "star should of been arrested" definitely it's pretty sad. If you can't state correctly a star should have been arrested you don't have any business posting. There isn't any excuse for that poor writing performance. On other threads he was bragging about his Accounting 3.90 GPA. Add to his miseries he can't write a contraction correctly, either: "did'nt". To make matters worse he has the audacity to call somebody else a moron. This is a candidate for remedial English classes[BIG TIME]...
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 9, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Maybe Nick Van Exel, former Lakers basketball star should of been arrested when he pushed a ref down to the floor, but all he got was a nine game suspension. Latrell Sprewell never got arrested when he choked his former coach PJ Carlisimo, and this was the same moron who tried to claim that one of the teams he was on did'nt even pay him enough to support his family, but yet he had a good sized yacht in New York City after his playing days. Now just some old man does this and gets arrested. I feel for the child or grandchild that old man saw watch this game. Maybe everybody will think twice before they do something like that, or maybe not.
  • by paul from kinston on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    won't post my comment until you change the typo?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    Paul, they spelled it correct. Get over it. I hope the man who attacked gets some help for his anger. People are just way to hard headed and need angermanagement these days. Always thinking they are right when they are not. Stop being so mean!
  • by paul Location: kinston on Feb 9, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    who is dumber ,the guy who attacked the cop, or WITN who don't push the spellcheck button?How many R's do you need in REFEREE?2,not next to each other has always been plenty for me!Tighten up proof-reader
  • by LTJ Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Seriously, it's just high school. What an idiot. I would be embarrased to DEATH if a parent from my school behaved that way when I was in high school, let alone my own father. Wow. That's quality right there.
  • by sam Location: Jacksonville,NC on Feb 9, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    wow that's what i'm talking about get arrested by the referee, that had to be a good feeling for some justice.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Feb 8, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    If this man acted like this in public, then he has a history of violence. I'm sure he got what he deserved when he was placed in the general population in jail.
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