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A man spotted punching one of the Lafayette Hog Wild! Fiberglass pigs was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend.
Lt. Jason Dombkowski of the West Lafayette Police Department said Officer Danny Phillips witnessed 32-year-old Monte L. Early of the 1600 block of West County Road 50 North punching Porker Pete shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Chauncey and State streets.
Dombkowski said Early gave the officer a bizarre explanation for why he had attacked the pig statue. Police also are investigating whether Early’s actions damaged the pig. The pig, created by Doug and JoAnn Lohr and modeled after Purdue University’s Purdue Pete, had a gold helmet knocked from its head. However, the gold helmet was recovered in some bushes behind 45 N. Salisbury St., Dombkowski said, and was turned in to Purdue police Tuesday.
“”We’re unsure if he actually damaged the pig,”” Dombkowski said. “”But the fact that he was punching it leads us to believe it’s probable.””
Whether Early caused the pig’s damage or not, it’s the third pig vandalized or stolen since the 51 fiberglass pieces of public art went on display last month, mostly in downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette. Lady Godiva Arrives on an Urban Primitive was vandalized May 27 when someone broke off an impressionistic figurine of Lady Godiva riding on the pig’s back. The pig sat near West Lafayette’s Riverside Skating Center. And on May 15 someone stole Pigtriotic, completely ripping it from it’s moorings on a 400-pound concrete slab in front of It’s a Theme Thing, 632 Main Street.
No arrests have been made in either case. But West Lafayette’s pigs, at least, are going to be watched more closely by police. .
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