Police Making 'Rescue' find Nude Bonfire Instead

Sunday, Sep 26, 2010  |  Updated 11:01 AM CDT
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Officers responding to a call of a boat in distress in Northwest Indiana, instead found the boat tied to the shore and its occupants enjoying a nude bonfire ashore at the base of a sand dune.

When a police officer shined a flashlight at the couple, they discovered a nude Agnieszka "Agnes" Baran, 31, of Chicago.

Tyler Gramm, 38, of Chicago, told Patrolman Richard Krieg he did not know it was illegal to start a fire in Portage Lakefront Park in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Baran said she was nude because her clothes got wet when the boat took on water, however, police said her clothing appeared to be dry. The identification she offered was her Indiana fishing license. Gramm provided police an Illinois driver's license.

Police said Baran and Gramm were slurring their words and their eyes were watery and bloodshot. They denied drinking, however.

A portable breath test show Baran's blood alcohol level at 0.24 percent and Gramm's at 0.09 percent. Then, Baran admitted to have "a few alcoholic beverages" at Quaker Steak and Lube in Portage.

Police extinguished the bonfire and secured the boat.

Both Baran and Gramm were arrested for public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor.

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