ASU's First Weekend of the Semester: 486 More Arrests in Three Days by Alcohol Task Force

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The youngsters and their upside-down beer-guzzling antics.


The weekend before classes started at Arizona State University, a task force focused on alcohol-related crimes in Tempe arrested 371 people in just three days.

In the first weekend after classes started, the same task force went out and nabbed 486 people in a three-day stretch, which seems to mean that the partyin' is on the rise.

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This is the result of the Tempe Police Department's "Safe and Sober" campaign, which got help from seven other police departments.

Again, there's no breakdown of how many ASU students are among those arrested over the weekend, but it's probably safe to assume many of the people popped for underage drinking just happen to go to the gigantic university in town.

Here's this weekend's breakdown from Tempe PD:

  • Total stops: 1,812
  • Total citations: 919
  • Total arrests: 486
  • Arrests for minors in possession of alcohol: 208
  • Total DUI arrests: 85
  • Calls for loud parties: 68
  • Nuisance notices: 26
  • Minors, under the age of 18, in possession of alcohol: 14
  • Party notices with minors in possession of alcohol: 11
  • Average blood-alcohol level for DUI suspects: .136

Go Devils, right?

(Note to party people: Tempe PD says it's running this operation for a third straight week, from Thursday to Saturday.)

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Jimbo
Jimbo

Sounds like Matt has a hard on for ASU students. Must be jealous.

fedupandannoyed
fedupandannoyed

If these kids aren't held accountable, this is what happens:

Last year, freshman Jack Culolias, wandered off from a fraternity event after getting kicked out of the Cadillac Ranch bar the night of November 30.

Culolias had used a fake ID to get in there and drink, and Culolias' mother, a California resident, is the one who filed the missing-person report with police.

Culolias' body was found in a nearby riverbed about two weeks later, although police never suspected foul play.

The other incident giving the frat its "out of control" status was purportedly not a fraternity-sanctioned event, but a 20-year-old student in the fraternity was dumped at a hospital by his "friends" last month after a tequila-drinking contest, which nearly killed the student, who had a .47 blood-alcohol level.

fedupandannoyed
fedupandannoyed

ASUObserve-

If these kids are cited into the Tempe Municipal Court, they are able to take diversion which results in a dismissal of the charges.  If they are cited in to the Justice Court, it is up to the prosecutor to determine if they are eligible.  You would not believe how many of these kids have MIC and MIP cases filed against them multiple times during the year and again year after year that they attend the University.  How about the kids that have died due to the binge drinking and the hazing practices that are done.  There are many of the MIC and MIP that later turn into DUI cases once they hit 21.  Most of these kids are eligible for some sort of diversion program that will result in a case dismissal, however, most come back after the 90 day period is up and end up with a conviction because they were "too busy" to take a couple of classes to satisfy the diversion requirement.  I do not feel sorry for these kids-no one is holding a gun to their heads and making them drink.  So many kids of this generation have been so sheltered growing up that when they go to the University, this is the first time away from their parents and they cannot handle it.  If you are under 21, it is ILLEGAL to drink, or at least don't get caught....that means don't walk down Mill Ave with a  drink in your hand at 2am.  These cases don't need an attorney, the end result is the same, except they end up with a huge attorney bill.  There are attorneys that LOVE these raids because it lines their pockets for months when they attorney did not get any better of a deal than if the student would have come to court, pled not guilty and met with the county attorney.

ASUobserve
ASUobserve

Seems to me that Tempe PD and other local agencies have declared a "war on ASU students."  I would like to see statistics for a whole 12 month period on how many ASU students are cited and arrested.  The percentage of ASU students getting arrested/cited may be higher than the black population in our large inner cities.  Students (especially out of state) should consider attending other universities, going to a school where you are a target for law enforcement is ridiculous.  Every arrest comes at a high cost to the person arrested.  Fines, attorneys, and criminal records that will keep them from getting the very jobs that they hoped their education will give them access to.

Parents worry about their kids going to Mexico because of corrupt cops and the high crime rate but I seriously doubt that anywhere near the number of arrests are made in Mexico that are made in Tempe.  Additionally the costs are much higher in Tempe and often result in lifelong criminal records.

I am not encouraging teen crime but neither can I support enforcement actions that make criminals out of so many of our young people.

Please someone do a study and come up with arrest rates for ASU students and compare them with other large universities.  I also think a comparison with some inner city neighborhoods (large US cities) would be interesting. 

rubber-neck
rubber-neck

Rubber-neck-en sipping on gin and juice! fuck you swines!! and your DUI racket laws!!! You drink and drive to. You( Double standard  copper-Snake !...you know who you are!

fedupandannoyed
fedupandannoyed

hopefully some of these people will receive a wake up call by receiving the citations, however, if they are cited into a specific Justice Court, all they have to do is whine a little and the judge will waive fines, fees, offer community service or do what ever helps the defendant out.  this does not hold the defendant accountable for their actions!!

Sara Elizabeth
Sara Elizabeth

As a an ASU graduate, I am appalled and the number of alcohol related stories that have come out since I have graduated. Students have lost their lives. Your a college student not an animal and life is not about living on the edge of death all the time. Make something of yourself and have fun but seriously this is just mindless stupidity. Once again, I will pose the issue... this is what alcohol does.... have a group of kids smoke weed together... kids won't die, they may eat everything in your house and pass out on the couch but death won't happen. Alcohol is a gateway drug... I am no prude and I like to have fun but what is happening is ridiculous

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Kind of sad when young people get so wasted and do dangerous, cruel things. We need drugs that make you act smart!

Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

Well, I do not believe every one of these people was arrested for drunk driving, which I am against. My son does not have a car at school. His father and I do not drink at all, so I think we're doing our part, example-wise. But raiding parties to fill the city treasury seems kind of lame. Raids tends to scoop up people who are doing nothing wrong, or nothing much wrong, in my 20 years of experience as a criminal attorney. And if they're arresting minors, which they are, as a practical matter the parents who are already paying $85,000 for four years of college are not going to appreciate the additional expense.

Lisa Leone Anderson
Lisa Leone Anderson

They should "run the operation every weekend"--it would do wonders for the city coffers! Wonder if all the out of state parents who are working 2 jobs to send their kids to ASU have any clue what goes on.

Nomoreprobablecause
Nomoreprobablecause

Interesting the police made 1800 stops and issued 900 citations. That means 900 people were stopped by the police for not breaking the law. Less than 5% of all the people stopped were cited for DUI. Sounds like Tempe needs to either a) quit stopping people to engage in fishing expeditions or b) better train their officers to recognize law breaking behavior

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Looks like DREAMers are contributing more than you thought.

Brandon Troy
Brandon Troy

money money money money BANG money money

lainer
lainer

I've worked in a DWI Unti for 8 years back in Connecticut, and the whiniest of all inmates are the DWI's. Even after drinking, driving and killing someone, they had the audacity to whine and moan of how they had to stay in jail for their crime. I've seen enough victim impact panels to know that families are devastated and torn drunk drivers who have killed their loved ones. Kudos to Tempe PD for following through on this. More DWI's need to be stopped, fined and jailed. 

Brad Wayne
Brad Wayne

This is the type of toxic mentality that turns so many kids into cretins.

Jolene Hulse
Jolene Hulse

The ppl who are saying it's ridiculous that the police department is doing this are the ones who were pulled over for DUI and are still paying there fines Keep up the good work Tempe PD

Ben De Valk
Ben De Valk

what ?blame bad parenting ? c'mon. your crazy...... that's like someone taking responsibility for their own actions .... again with the crazy thoughts........

Annah Moore
Annah Moore

"heads up"?? More like, don't be a f*cking douche and drink when or where you're not supposed to. Alcohol, the beverage of winners.

NiCole Rogers Yontz
NiCole Rogers Yontz

You're right, the cops should let them drive drunk and not make them deal with the financial consequences because you are already paying for their education. If you as a parent haven't done your job to educate them about drinking and driving, then the fail is on your part, not Tempe PD.

Michael Potts
Michael Potts

Just don't drink and drive. Problem solved. If you drink take the rail.

Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

Tuition is already a fortune. Adding fines for parents to pay on top of that is so not cool, Tempe PD.

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

"Catch. Release. Take your money. This is what we do." ~ TPD ;)

Robb Vaules
Robb Vaules

So, 40k students on the Tempe campus?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Just wondering, but are cops invading dorm rooms to catch 18-year old imbibers?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I guess college students don't use fake ID's any more because clearly if they did then MCAO Montgomery would charge them with forgery and there doesn't seem to be a single charge of forgery in the list.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Wow. You wouldn't think that the underage drinking law might be a little silly if you're able to vote, buy a gun and go shoot that gun at brown people in Iraq. But then you wouldn't think of how much money the city of Tempe is making. They need it, guys!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why isn't the Clown Sheriff at ASU busting people for using fake ID?  Maybe if they were doing a car wash at a frat he'd get involved...

fedupandannoyed
fedupandannoyed

@ASUobserve

ASUObserve-

If these kids are cited into the Tempe Municipal Court, they are able to take diversion which results in a dismissal of the charges.  If they are cited in to the Justice Court, it is up to the prosecutor to determine if they are eligible.  You would not believe how many of these kids have MIC and MIP cases filed against them multiple times during the year and again year after year that they attend the University.  How about the kids that have died due to the binge drinking and the hazing practices that are done.  There are many of the MIC and MIP that later turn into DUI cases once they hit 21.  Most of these kids are eligible for some sort of diversion program that will result in a case dismissal, however, most come back after the 90 day diversion period is up and end up with a conviction because they were "too busy" to take a couple of classes to satisfy the diversion requirement.  I do not feel sorry for these kids-no one is holding a gun to their heads and making them drink.  So many kids of this generation have been so sheltered growing up that when they go to the University, this is the first time away from their parents and they cannot handle it.  If you are under 21, it is ILLEGAL to drink, or at least don't get caught....that means don't walk down Mill Ave with a  drink in your hand at 2am.  These cases don't need an attorney, the end result is the same, except they end up with a huge attorney bill.  There are attorneys that LOVE these raids because it lines their pockets for months when they attorney did not get any better of a deal than if the student would have come to court, pled not guilty and met with the county attorney.

logicman
logicman

@Brad Wayne sorry you didn't get laid in college

fedupandannoyed
fedupandannoyed

@Karyl Krug 

Why do the parents have to pay the fines????  If the student is old enough to move out, live on their own near the University then they should be able to handle paying their own fines for committing the crime.  Accountability.....how do you teach accountability when you say....."its ok son, Ill handle the fines for you, just don't get caught next time......."  This generation needs to be taught responsibility and accountability for their own actions.  They chose to drink, sometimes to the point of near death, and they need to deal with the consequences....

rubber-neck
rubber-neck

@Tenacious Tiffany you are so right and fuck the pd let  them drink and do what ever they want. I'm so tired of this dui shit? i have 1 under my belt and they turned this dui thing into a cash cow racket business ..I"m with the whole MAD mothers against  drunk drivers but  please stop this shit with dui arrests they wiil fuck your life and your future....fuck the law every bodyrinks and drives even the cops!!! the law sucks donkey dick !!!!!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows Because County Sheriff is, for some reason, an elected position, meaning that his primary motivation is to be re-elected.   If the people in Sun City who vote for him were to get all upset about underage drinking, he might change his focus.

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