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Party bust leads to 57 arrests

Kaitlynn Riely | Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fifty-seven people were arrested, mostly for underage drinking, after police disrupted a party early Saturday morning at a house owned by Notre Dame students.

Fifty-three people were given arrest tickets for minor consumption of alcohol at the house on the 900-block of Corby Blvd., known locally as Corby Street, said Jennifer Fults, a public relations officer for the Indiana State Excise Police.

Of the 53 minors, two were jailed, Fults said. The first was taken to jail for minor consumption and false informing, the second for minor consumption and also for resisting arrest by fleeing.

Several people fled from the area, Fults said.

Four of the five tenants were given arrest tickets for furnishing alcohol to minors. One of the tenants was not at the house when police came, said a resident of the house who asked to not be named.

Two officers from the Indiana State Excise Police and four officers from the Indiana State Police Bremen Post arrived at the house at 12:35 a.m. Saturday.

“They were just doing saturation patrols in the campus area and they noticed a larger group of individuals on the front lawn and spilling out into [Corby Street],” Fults said.

The incident was not listed as a noise violation, Fults said. The police report says the large numbers of individuals on the front lawn and overflowing into the street alerted police to the party.

The police remained at the house until 3:30 a.m., Fults said.

A resident of the house, who asked to not be named, said the police were at the house for three hours because they lined everyone up, gave Breathalyzer tests and checked IDs one by one. They also searched the house and had the exits from the house and the backyard blocked off to prevent anyone from leaving, the resident said.

Fults said she has not worked in her position long enough to say whether 57 arrests is unusual for the area near Notre Dame’s campus.

“Statewide, I wouldn’t say that it’s out of the ordinary,” she said.

The officers were on routine patrol when they discovered the party Saturday morning, Fults said.

“We are assigned to St. Joe County, and I cannot tell you for sure that they are there every weekend, but they are assigned to St. Joe County,” she said.

Fults advised people to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages until they are 21 to avoid encounters with the Indiana State Excise Police.