IU student and friend pay the price for not leaving money for restaurant meal Print
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:17



An Indiana University student and his friend are getting to spend a little time at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg after they neglected to leave money for the meal they consumed at the Scottsburg Denny's restaurant.

Nicholas R. Good, 18, Bloomington, and Walter C. Aldridge, 19, Shelbyville, were taken into custody on March 11 by Patrolman James B. Vires at a nearby gas station at the Scottsburg I-65 interchange.

Ptl. Vires and Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to the Denny's at 3:45 a.m. that Friday to discuss the young men leaving without paying with the restaurant's staff. The pair left in a black Volkswagen, the officers were told.

The description of the car sparked Ptl. Vires' memory of having seen a car like that parked at the Speedway station as he was turning onto Honeyrun Parkway to go to Denny's. He went back to the gas station and found Aldridge, the driver, and Good there.

Good explained that they had stopped at the gas station so he could use the ATM and get some money. He said he needed change to do laundry when he returned to IU. Aldridge said he left the restaurant first after Good had told him that he would pay for the meal, a total of $17.08.

Ptl. Rutherford escorted Good inside the gas station so Good could use the ATM. Before Good got out of the car, Ptl. Vires noted that Good had taken off a coat and stuffed it between the seat and the car's console in what the officer thought was an attempt to hide something.

Aldridge was ordered out of the vehicle after dispatchers advised Ptl. Vires that he was wanted on an arrest warrant in Shelby County. Additionally, when Good retrieved his coat, Ptl. Vires said he discovered two beer bottles on the floor of the car, which was wet to the touch. Both young men were given a breathalyzer test.

Other evidence allegedly found in the car included an empty baggie, a metal seed grinder with bits of green leafy substance clinging to it and a glass smoking pipe.

Both appeared later that same day in Scott Superior Court for initial hearings before Senior Judge Dan Moore.

Both are charged with Class A misdemeanor theft and Class C misdemeanor possession/consumption/transportation of alcohol by a minor. Aldridge is also charged with Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Not guilty pleas were entered for the pair, and an initial jury trial date of May 17 was scheduled. Bond for each is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.