As Penn State students moved in this weekend, State College Police Department’s crime reports ballooned.
The list of incidents over the weekend included a large number of alcohol-related calls. There were more than 30 calls Friday, Saturday and Sunday that were directly attributable to drinking, including open container violations, driving under the influence, and a number of cases of false identification and underage consumption.
But excessive drinking wasn’t limited to students.
In one case, around 1 a.m. Monday, a 27-year-old man who was under the influence attempted to drive a motorcycle from Boalsburg to Madisonburg. He made it as far as 831 Brush Valley Road, where he stopped his bike, got off, laid down and went to sleep. Police took him into custody and cited him for public drunkenness and obstructing roadways.
Police said there were also a number of cases where alcohol could be a contributing factor, such as disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Lt. Chris Fishel said the boom was “expected” with the start of the fall semester, saying that more people contributed to more “alcohol initiated and officer involved activity.”
There was also an increase in medical responses related to drinking.
“Lots of people were going to the hospital for treatment,” he said.