ASU Semester Starts Off With 392 Arrests by Tempe Police Task Force

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Jenn Durfey
A police task force in Tempe focused on alcohol-related crimes made 392 arrests over the weekend, which was the first weekend since the fall semester started at Arizona State University.

This is the second year that the Tempe Police Department has organized its "Safe and Sober" campaign at the start of ASU's fall semester. Over a stretch of three weekends last year, more than 1,300 people were arrested.

The 392 arrests over the weekend was an increase over the same weekend last year, which ended with 371 arrests.

"We have more agencies -- quite a few more agencies -- participating this year," Tempe Police Lieutenant Mike Pooley tells New Times.

See also:
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Including Tempe PD, there are 18 law-enforcement agencies participating in the campaign, which is scheduled to last through September 6. The operation is funded through a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

This weekend's arrests included 146 DUI arrests, 112 arrests for minors consuming alcohol, 35 more for minors possessing alcohol, and 99 arrested for other offenses.

Police didn't have any major Animal House-style shenanigans to report, although there was one notable incident at the University House, a new apartment building on Veterans Way, across the street from Sun Devil Stadium.

Pooley says officers had responded to break up parties at the building on Saturday night, and while one officer's patrol car was parked on College Avenue, someone on the 18th or 19th floor of the building tossed beer bottles at the car. No arrests were made.

There was also another incident early Friday at another apartment complex where people were throwing beer cans and cups at security guards, Pooley says.

As was the case last year, police expect to make more arrests in the coming weekends.

"Thursday's football game will be a big predictor of how things go," Pooley says.

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bonniegaraventi
bonniegaraventi

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Mara Ray
Mara Ray

I like how in the background of this article, is an advertisement for tequila. haha.

Casey Mármol
Casey Mármol

Jazzdog's friend got a citation that weekend! He was present but was sober. He said a couple dorms got raided by University Popo's.

Louie Marmol
Louie Marmol

Casey Mármol eek! Glad he's no drinker lol

Rick Petersen
Rick Petersen

Anyone driving drunk or throwing bottles at police or security SHOULD be arrested. In my days at ASU, parties got broken up and we went home it was almost part of the fun of the party. Minors consuming at a college party is gonna happen... send the kids home without a scar on their criminal record.... as long as they aren't driving.

Joe McCullough
Joe McCullough

They keep pulling me over on my bike on my way home from work and even searched me for no reason, common day green police.

Andrew Hare
Andrew Hare

Anything to fill those fat pigs pockets: politicians and po po...

Rejeana Brown
Rejeana Brown

Way to ruin several students first year of college... They aren't the first to drink underage

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Crow and tempe PD won't rest until they turn Tempe into a mormon like state, and it will never happen.

piperme
piperme

 If only they took rape and sexual assault just as seriously as this.

Lindsey Christine Carpenter
Lindsey Christine Carpenter

It sucks that now these kids are going to have this on their record for a very long time. Tempe police are overzealous but undergrad parties do get insane.

John Ribeiro
John Ribeiro

Reneé Wadman. Look Gam Gam you're a statistic.

Jesse Gilleland
Jesse Gilleland

Keep voting to cut public funding for state education, keep whining that tuition is going through the roof at state colleges. Yeah. That makes sense. And what in the world does tuition have to do with idiots who lose their freaking minds the first week in school?

Leilah Publications
Leilah Publications

Tuition has tripled since my undergrad. I am taking grad classes now and they are not worth it, I own my own business. Also from my observations during finals, maybe these stupid cops would do well to break up illegal aderol selling and buying going on during finals. Yes kids - buying and selling prescription medication IS illegal. Funny how ASU PD looks the other way. I have heard nothing about illegal prescription busts occurring - nothing. Maybe ASU PD runs that racket who knows.

Nada Cox
Nada Cox

So much for higher education - you are there to learn, not drink yourselves stupid. Dumbasses

Adam Sterling
Adam Sterling

Considering half the arrests on this were for DUI, I support it 100%. When you idiots learn to stop being little bitches, putting not just yourselves but countless others at risk, THEN you can complain about the police arresting you. Stop breaking the law. Stop being fucking morons. Until then, stop your insipid whining, and try using that brain of yours.

Adam Sterling
Adam Sterling

Or, maybe, you should stop breaking the law? I mean, that works too, doesn't it?

Ryan Lugo
Ryan Lugo

Sara Craig ?! How u doin down there in AZ ? Not in jail are ya??

Mason Beasley
Mason Beasley

As present as the cops may be... stop being stupid, Its not hard to avoid arrests if you use your head a little bit

Monicque Faber
Monicque Faber

I for one would be interested to see how many stops they made. Just about everyone driving got pulled over it seemed like.

Nathan Moss
Nathan Moss

Seems like another opportunity for Police Officers to excercise "guilty until proven innocent," mentality. Such a great welcome to students. Being randomly accused of committing a crime is definitely what I want from my college experience.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

"

Pooley says officers had responded to break up parties at the building on Saturday night, and while one officer's patrol car was parked on College Avenue, someone on the 18th or 19th floor of the building tossed beer bottles at the car." 

Let's hope the bottles were full.

Briceno Mauricio
Briceno Mauricio

This arent news my dorm use to be a 24/7 party and i m still drinking my debt.

Steve Kalan
Steve Kalan

The illegal immigrants get a free pass

Madeleine Schaffner
Madeleine Schaffner

The DUI arrests I understand but jesus, these police officers can't pretend like they didn't drink and have fun every once in a while in college. Arrests aren't a very warm welcome for incoming students. People are going to drink regardless of the legality. It's COLLEGE. Just don't be reckless about it. Stop preying on students.

Austin Blayze Bishop
Austin Blayze Bishop

I'M JUST TRYING TO DRINK AWAY THE MEMORY OF MY $10,000 A YEAR TUITION. Seriously though, Michael Crow can suck a fat one. Tuition has quadrupled since he took the job and now he doesn't want anyone having fun either

Shane C. Erausquin
Shane C. Erausquin

If you plead not guilty, then yes, they absolutely are required to show up and defend their position on the matter. However, most of the time they do not/cannot, and the cases are dropped, especially if the officer is busy.

Melanie Rigsby
Melanie Rigsby

Crystal A. Walsh Mayberger stop! You need to slow it down. \U0001f61c

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