ASU Semester Still Going Strong: 510 Arrests by Alcohol Task Force in Third Weekend

The partying only seems to be increasing as the fall semester at Arizona State University goes on.

Over three weekends, coinciding with the start of the semester at ASU, an alcohol task-force made a grand total of 1,367 arrests.

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The weekend before classes started, the task force netted 371 arrests. The following weekend, the number of arrests increased to 486. Now, this past weekend -- the last weekend for this task force -- a total of 510 people were arrested.

As we've mentioned before, certainly not every arrest in the Tempe Police Department's "Safe and Sober" campaign involved ASU students, but you'd have to imagine that many did.

Consider that of the 1,367 arrests, 381 of those were for minors in consumption of alcohol, and 125 were for minors in possession of alcohol.

With the help of seven other police departments, the task force also racked up 309 DUI arrests, and 174 warrant arrests over the three weekends.

It's unclear if the arrest totals include the arrest of frat-boy Kiernan Bates, a 19-year-old who was arrested after brutally beating a student in another fraternity in an elevator at a Tempe apartment complex, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

That beating happened just days after Rolling Stone magazine named a now-defunct ASU fraternity the "most out-of-control" frat in the country. ASU banned Sigma Alpha Epsilon from the campus after the death of a pledge, and another incident involving an extremely intoxicated member being dumped at a hospital by his "friends," with a sticky-note slapped to him, providing an explanation.

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