ASU Semester Starts Off With a Bang -- 371 Arrests in Three Days by Alcohol Task Force

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The undoubted source of many of these arrests.


It appears that there has been no shortage of alcohol-related high jinks in Tempe in advance of the new semester.

Classes start today, and the Tempe Police Department has been running a "Safe and Sober" campaign, with an emphasis on alcohol-related crimes. The result: 371 arrests in three days.
UPDATE August 27: In week two, the same task force arrested 486 people. Click here for more details.
(Heads up to ASU students: This same task force will be out again tonight through Saturday night.)

Although not every single one of these arrests involved ASU students, you have to imagine that most of them were.

And with help from seven different police departments -- eight, including Tempe PD -- here are the stats Tempe PD sent us this morning:

  • Total stops: 1,421
  • Total citations: 867
  • Total arrests: 371
  • Minor in possession of alcohol arrests: 111
  • Total DUI arrests: 91
  • Total calls for loud parties: 54
  • Extreme DUIs: 17
  • Nuisance notices: 16
  • DUIs for drugs: 14
  • Party notices, with minors in possession of alcohol: 14
  • DUI under the age of 21: 6
  • Minor in possession of alcohol, under the age of 18: 5
  • Aggravated DUI: 2
  • Average blood-alcohol level of DUI suspects: .131
  • Partridge in a pear tree: 1

If the youngsters keep this up, maybe they'll earn back their party-school reputation.

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cramey2369
cramey2369

I am a resident of VA. My son attends ASU. On Sept 5 the Tempe Police stormed into my sons apartment at University Place. My son was eating a hamburger watching TV and his roommate was asleep. The police came in accused him of drinking (he had not been, a breath test confirmed this) They accused him of throwing cans from his apartment. He was not there at the time of the incident. They arrested him for disorderly conduct when he protested being arrested for no good reason.

The Tempe police denied my son a phone call and took his cell phone away from him. My son was forced to stay the night in jail which he said was terrifying. The next morning he was shackled, yes shackled and brought into the Court to hear the charges against him. The D.A. said he could  pay 150.00 to go to a reform class and the charges would be expunged from his record. 
I am in disbelief and am appalled at the manner the police treated my son. Guilty until proven innocent. Is this really the way Tempe AZ wants to be seen?

This is a boy who has NEVER been in any trouble of any sort. He is level headed and smart. He really wanted to attend A.S.U. but now I hope to transfer him out of the state as our whole family is very disillusioned with the “Police State” of Tempe.
I work in the travel industry. I will not hesitate to inform my clients of this incident when looking for venues for events.


This incident should be an embarrassment to the City of Tempe, A.S.U. and Maricopa County.

Sincerely,

Julie Wood


Samthesham
Samthesham

And what percent is this of the Tempe campus student population?? Did the reporters previously work for the Enquirer? How about a report on ASU's recent discovery in science instead!

Michael Swann
Michael Swann

Ha stfu haters asu alumni here bitches. Fuck what you heard!

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

Way to go USA, criminalising the most natural of student recreational pursuits.

Steven Martin
Steven Martin

I was not aware it needed to be earned back? When was it lost?

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Your pithy comments have migrated to commentary outside the Mugshots of the Week, Mr. Hendley!

I doubt very seriously there is a pear tree in Tempe; making it more unbelievable that a partridge was perched in said tree.  Perhaps you could post a picture of the foliage outside your residence and we can make pithy comments that will be eternally available to all!

Bret Roberts
Bret Roberts

Chris Bortolotto, you're alum doing you proud.

Pedie Katerson
Pedie Katerson

There definitely aren't better things to spend time/effort/money on.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

Yeah college! Yeeeahhhh! Wooooo! *chest bump*

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

The city is certainly working hard to domesticate downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods so that the tax-break- and ASU-supported corporate development can proceed without any interruption. A few years from now, once the USA sports thing is there, and thousands of insurance salesmen are working in their glass cubicles overlooking that fake lake, there won't be anything interesting at all left downtown.

rickaz59
rickaz59

A partridge in a pear tree?  And there are those who deny that New Times is just an unaccredited publication and for the birds.

Dana Machado
Dana Machado

That's because the first days are going over the syllabus

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Interesting - not one arrest for forgery or possession of forged documents.  I guess students don't use fake ID's these days.

Jukes
Jukes

@Patrick Delaney Seems reasonable, given that so many of their expenses are due to said college students.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public Those fake ID's weren't being used to get jobs by illegal aliens plus they were not stolen SS cards so there is a difference.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public False Premise Argument.  Below is the proper code being used to prosecute those who are using fake ID's to purchase alcohol.  

4-241Selling or giving liquor to underage person; illegally obtaining liquor by underage person; violation; classification; definitions

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham   fake ID is still fake ID. they may not have used the ID to get a job, but they were still using it in the commission of a crime (underage drinking is still illegal..............what part of illegal eludes your feeble little mind?).  just because they are caught using the ID to buy alcohol doesnt mean they arent using it for other fraudulent things. for all you know they could have been using it for check fraud or any other thing, they were just caught using it for one crime at the time.

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