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Police arrest 23 students at party

Observer Staff Report | Monday, August 30, 2010

Twenty-three students were arrested for minor consumption of alcohol at an off-campus party Friday night.

South Bend police received a call of a noise complaint at the 1300 Block of North St. Joseph St., the police report said. When police arrived, those attending the party began to flee the premises.

“As officers were pulling up, a bunch of people went tearing out of the house, out the back door,” Sgt. Anne Schellinger said.

Police entered the house and allowed those who could prove they were at least 21 years old to leave the party. Those who were underage were asked to take a portable breathalyzer test.

The Indiana State Excise Police were not involved.

The suspects were 18 to 20 years old and were taken to St. Joseph County Jail. A list of blood alcohol contents was not available.

This incident raises the number of students arrested for minor consuming since returning to school to 26. Three students were arrested for minor consuming last weekend.

Police also busted a party in July at 1017 East Washington St. and took 43 people to jail for various alcohol charges. Those arrested included eight football players, one basketball player and nine hockey players.