A former pastor and his wife were arrested at a bar after the couple were found drunk in a bar while she was breastfeeding their infant daughter.
Michael Trosclair, 45, and Shari Tremba, 42, were arrested by local police at the Wild Beaver Saloon in Indianapolis, Indiana. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
The couple is from Mobile, Alabama and were on a work trip for Primerica. Tremba says that Trosclair is her husband.
Trosclair is a former senior pastor at Turning Point Church in Theodore, Alabama, which is part of the United Pentecostal Church International. At the time of the arrest, he was a regional vice president of Primerica.
Both Trosclair and Tremba were charged with neglect of a dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent, and public intoxication.
AL.com obtained an affadavit that told the story of what went on.
A three-page probable cause affidavit, obtained by AL.com, chronicles the events that led to their arrests.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to the saloon at 12:38 a.m. Friday on a report of a woman soliciting customers for beer and breast feeding an infant while drinking. Sgt. Ty Van Wagner said he arrived to find Tremba standing outside of a roped-off area at the bar, holding a cup and standing near a stroller. “The baby was quiet and sleeping,” Van Wagner wrote in his report.
The officer said he asked Tremba who the baby belonged to, and she said the baby was hers. Her answer was followed by a swig of beer. Police went on to say that Tremba’s “breath and person” smelled of an alcoholic beverage, and that she had to be asked several times who she was and where she was from.
A witness pulled an officer aside and said that Tremba had been at the bar for quite a while and was offering sex to different individuals who would go inside and get her a beer. The man told police he had watched Tremba drink her beers and breastfeed the baby at the same time. She had been at the bar drinking since at least 10:30 p.m., and was eventually kicked out and told to stay outside of the roped area. Tremba told police she was with her husband and friends from his work. Her Breath Alcohol Content at the time of her arrest was .193.
Child Protective Services was called in and a child abuse investigator showed up at the scene.
Police noted the both Trosclair and Tremba were visibly intoxicated and witnesses say that Tremba’s speech was slurred.
“His gait was what I would consider an intoxicated walk that I have seen many times during my 25 years as a police officer,” Van Wagner wrote.
He then became angry when police would not let him use Uber to drive the family home.
“Mr. Trosclair became belligerent and started demanding to talk to a lawyer and telling us we weren’t going to do anything,” wrote Det. Nicolle Flynn. “It was at this time, due to Mr. Trosclair’s behavior, I put him in cuffs for fear he may fight us with the baby right there.”
Apparently, Trosclair was either so inebriated or just plain stupid to understand what all the fuss was about.
“This goes to show Mr. Trosclair was too intoxicated to understand the situation his own child was in when the mother, Ms. Tremba, starts to breastfeed the child,” Flynn wrote. “It also shows a lack of care for the child and its welfare while in his and Ms. Tremba’s care. Partying was more important than their child.
Other witnesses also told police that Tremba chained the baby stroller with the baby inside to a chain outside the saloon to go inside and purchase a drink, leaving the infant unattended.
Tremba obviously had no concern for her baby as another witness also claims seeing her smoking, drinking and breastfeeding at the same time.
To make matters worse, the same witness claimed that some men brought out a tray of beers and were drinking with her.
The baby girl was checked out and no signs of intoxication or physical signs of abuse or neglect were found. DCS took custody of the child.